产区简介/ Brief Introduction
In 2003, the Helan Mountain’s East Foothill Wine Region was certificated as the reserve area of “National Geographic Indication”. Even though, the region did not gain much attention from the government and investment, the development was slow.
In 2008, Daysun Group from Thailand launched the construction of its vineyard, which covers 6,000 hectares. Some of the well-known Chinese wine groups including “Dynasty”, “Change”, “Great Wall”, and the international renowned wine group “Hennessy”, “Pernod Ricard” were settled in Ningxia. These investment greatly improved the development of Ningxia Wine Region.
2011年，贺兰晴雪酒庄的“加贝兰”获得Decanter世界葡萄酒大赛金奖，开启了宁夏葡萄酒走向世界的大门。2012年，Jancis Robinson 在品鉴了贺兰山东麓产区的8款白葡萄酒和32款红葡萄酒后，给出了“贺兰山是中国最具潜力的葡萄酒产区”的这一令人鼓舞的评价，同年12月，《宁夏贺兰山东麓葡萄酒产区条例》颁布，这是中国第一部葡萄酒产区地方性法规。
In 2011, JiaBeiLan from Helan Qing Xue Winery won the golden prize from Decanter World Wine Awards, which opened the door to the world for Ningxia Wine. In 2012, the most world famous wine writer- Jancis Robinson tasted 8 white wines and 32 red wines from Ningxia, said that “Henlan Mountain is the most potential Chinese wine region”. In December of the same year, “The regulation of Helan Mountain’s East Foothill Wine Region, Ningxia” was implemented, which is the first regional wine regulation in China.
In 2013, “The classification of Grand Cru in Helan Mountain’s East Foothill Wine Region, Ningxia” was launched, and it was the first winery classification regulation. From then on, Helan Mountain stepped into a new era of standardized development.
In recent years, Ningxia’s local brands have made numerous honors in international and domestic wine competitions. By nearly sweeping all the medals, Ningxia wine has becoming a shining star in Chinese wine industry and has impressed the whole world. Ningxia is like a black stallion, which gallops ahead in the international arena and creates a wine legend.
Land of Treasure
Located at northern latitude of 37- 39, Helan Mountain’s East Foothill is on the western edge of the Yinchuan Plain. The spectacular Helan Mountain stretches more than 200 kilometers in the west, providing a natural barrier to the Sand storm & cold wind from Gobi Desert, increasing accumulated temperature and reducing the frost disaster. The Yellow River flows through the east, providing water for irrigation. As a result, there formed a natural geography pattern: “Mountain hugging the river with a corrridor in the middle”.
Situated in the interior areas of northwestern plateau in China, Helan Mountain’s East Foothill wine region enjoys a semidry-dry Continental Climate, with a dry & hot Summer, cold Winter & Spring, and an average elevation of over 1000 meters. The major feature of Ningxia is the long sunshine duration (1700-2000), strong solar radiation, low percipitation (150-240mm) & humidity, large temperature difference between daytime and night, which is between 12-15C. The accumulated temperature here is between 3400-3800 C.
The soil types vary, mostly is Calcareous soil. The vacation comes from the different percentage of clay, sand and stone. Because of the erosion by the flood, the soils at the foothill of mountain contain more gravel and minerals from the mountain. In general the soil is very poor, low in organic elements, but with great drainage, low water holding capacity. The poor quality controls quantity, low water percentage encourages the deep vine roots and absorbing minerals from underground, increasing the complexity of wine flavors. The long-time and strong sunshine help the maturation of grapes.
Winery Model: Small Winery, Big Area
Seven years ago, the wine industry in Ningxia was mainly a large-wineries centric model. The government encourages the farmers growing grapes and selling to wineries, which creates an industrialized production, just like other successful wine regions- Yantai and Changli. However, this model did not work well in Ningxia- without brand awareness and market, the products couldn’t be sold, resulting a very low profit. Hence the wineries tried to pay less for the grapes. In order to keep profit, the farmers had to increase the yield, which directly reduced the grape quality. Without high quality grapes, the wines were made with lower quality, which made the marketing harder. The conflicts between winery and farmer were generated, and these contradictions became increasingly intense. Ningxia needs a different model.
According to the model of “Small Winery, Big Area”. Till 2020, Ningxia will have a wine tourism corridor. Along the National Road 110, there will be around 300 wineries and become a region with two wine cultural city and within 5 winery clusters.
酒庄分级/ Winery Classification
As the only one and the first Chinese wine classification region, Ningxia Wine Region implemented the classification in 2013. 10 wineries were rewarded the 5th growth in 2013. In 2016, the local government regulated 5 different levels of the classification from 1st growth to 5th growth- 1st growth is the highest- the same as Bordeaux classification. The classification is renewed every two years.
The classified wineries list, 2017
三级酒庄/ 3rd Growth Winery
巴格斯酒庄 （Chateau Bacchus）
四级酒庄/ 4th Growth Winery
兰一酒庄 Chateau Lanny）
张裕摩塞尔十五世酒庄（Chateau Changyu Moser XV）
中粮长城云漠酒庄（Chateau Yunmo Greatwall）
森淼兰月谷酒庄（Chateau Senmiao Moon Valley）
留世酒庄（Chateau Legacy Peak）
五级酒庄/ 5th Growth Winery
米擒酒庄（Chateau Miqing ）
蒲尚酒庄 （Domaine Pushang）
名麓酒庄 （Domaine Monluxe）
金元酒庄 （Jinyuan Winery）
德龙酒庄 （Ho-Lan Soul）
新牛酒庄（ Xinniu Winery）
金沙湾酒庄（Chateau Jin Sha Wan）
红粉佳荣酒庄（Chateau Hong Fen Jia Rong）
圣路易·丁酒庄（Chateau Saint Louis Ding）
海香苑酒庄 （Highsun Estate）