Oct 09: Despite the severity of temperature with the vines needing burying under the earth during

Oct 09: Despite the severity of temperature with the vines needing burying under the earth during the extreme cold winter Ningxia has seen unprecedented growth during the last 30 years and boasts of some excellent red wines made primarily with Cabernet Sauvignon, Marselan and Cabernet Gernischt, writes Subhash Arora who was recently in the region for the second time and tasted several wines and after visiting several key wineries finds the wines of excellent quality but prices high Ningxia has today become a brand as popular as Barolo, Brunello ,Burgundy or Barossa. The eastern foothill of Helan Mountain in Ningxia is recognized as one of the most suitable regions for growing grapes and producing high-end wine. Since 2013 it has also the protection area for national products with geographical indications (GI). The soil here is permeable and rich in minerals. The day and night temperature difference is high (over 12°C and the rainfall is very low-less than 200 mL annually. The dry region also means lesser problems due to fungus, pests and other diseases. Drip irrigation is compulsory and the nearby Yellow River which cuts through the region, provides water for irrigation.  The g...

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YPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd”> Yoshi Shibuya, CEO of ASC Fine Wines, and Zhou Hongjiang, chairman of Changyu Pioneer Wine Company signing a co-operation agreement in Chengdu on 21 March The partnership was characterised by Yoshi Shubuya, CEO of ASC Fine Wines, as a collaboration between “two giants” during a press briefing in Chengdu, the capital of China’s southwestern Sichuan province. The deal would allow Changyu’s four premium wines from its Ningxia-based winery (Château Changyu Moser XV) to be distributed through ASC Fine Wines’ on-trade channel, leveraging the wine importer’s long standing HORECA network particularly with Michelin-starred restaurants and top hotels. Additionally, Changyu in turn will help distribute selected wines represented by ASC Fine Wines via Changyu’s existing national sales channels, according to Shibuya. This marks ASC’s second push on domestically produced Chinese wines alongside its partnership with China’s leading family-owned winery Grace Vineyard. Opened in 2012, the European-styleChâteau Changyu Moser XV winery ...