China is Turning Desert into Wine-Making Region

China is planning to capitalise on its growing reputation as a global wine producer, the Ideal Wine Company has heard, by turning the Gobi Desert into a wine-making region.

France’s new competition

When you think of wine-making countries, who do you think of. Typically, you would think of France, Italy and Spain. France in particular has a reputation for making outstanding wines; if you want to see what we mean why don’t you try one of the Ideal Wine Company’s Bordeauxs today?

However, the traditional wine-making capital of the world now faces competition from the most populous nation on the planet; China. According to Italian Wine Central, China produced 11,178 thousand hectolitres of wine in 2014.

Gobi Desert wine region?

The thing about China is that we’ve only just begun to see what the People’s Republic is capable of when it comes to wine making. The country has vast natural resources, and with its gradually widening knowledge of the wine-making arts, it’s increasingly turning these resources to producing our favourite tipple.

However, CBS recently reported that China has decided to take an unexpected move; they’re turning the Gobi Desert in the province of Ningxia into China’s wine-making country. As we speak, investors are pumping millions of dollars into the project. Furthermore, producers are flooding the area with billions of gallons of water to irrigate the new vineyard fields that have been developed there each year.

Big dreams

CBS wrote that than roughly an unbelievable 80,000 acres of vineyards have already been planted in Ningxia. Producers believe that by the year 2020, this number will have grown to 160,000; giving it three times the acres that were planted in the now famous Californian wine-making region of Napa Valley.

These are big dreams, and wine producers have had to go the extra mile every year to even establish the 50 wineries that already exist in Ningxia. Shen Yang, the general manager of the Ningxia-based winery Chandon explained “we have to bury the vines every year in winter and de-bury the vines in spring,” to protect them from the notorious wine and cold that strike this region each year.

Gobi Desert label

Here at the Ideal Wine Company, we find this story fascinating. It’s already hard enough to grow vines in Ningxia, but now producers are taking on an even tougher challenge by trying to produce wine in one of the world’s harshest environments, the Gobi Desert. We hope they pull it off; we can’t wait to try a Gobi Desert label!

China Has More Vineyards Than France!

New data has shown the Ideal Wine Company that China has now displaced France to become the country with the second largest vineyard area in the world.

The rise of Chinese wine

Once upon a time, China wouldn’t have even been a blip on the Ideal Wine Company’s radar. The People’s Republic never used to have much of a taste for wine. However, people across the one billion-plus strong nation are starting to develop a liking for our favourite tipple.

In 2013 China became the biggest market on the planet for red wine consumption, according to the Guardian. Furthermore, the emerging global superpower is evolving into an up and coming wine maker. The BBC reported that China was the eighth largest producer of wine in the world, as of 2013, and is predicted to become the largest by 2016.

China becomes second largest vineyard area in the world

New statistics from The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (IOVW) suggest that the People’s Republic is now well and truly on its way to becoming the largest wine producer on the planet. The IOVW has said that the Asian nation now has 799,000 hectares of land devoted to vineyards.

This makes China the second largest country on the planet in terms of land devoted to grape growing. The People’s Republic still trails Spain, which devotes 1.92 million hectares to vineyards but it did edge out France, a nation which is often regarded as the best wine producer in the world. Many of the Ideal Wine Company’s finest vintages come from France, especially Bordeaux.

China has a lot of potential

The amazing thing about the IOVW’s latest report is that it shows that wine production growth is far from over in the People’s Republic. It has the potential to eclipse Spain.

The report showed that the world’s largest growing economy accounted for a staggering 11% of global territory given over to vineyards in the past year. This is a meteoric rise from 4% in the year 2000. The sheer size of the country suggests that China has a lot more land it can devote to grape production.

One to watch

These figures show that China is the one to watch in terms of wine production. It already has more vineyards than France. At the Ideal Wine Company we truly believe that it won’t be long before they have more vineyards than Spain. China is making its mark on the world of viticulture and is evolving itself into a true wine superpower on the global stage.