This blog is about my trips to various wine regions around the world. It includes tips on wineries to visit; wines to taste; driving directions; restaurants; hotels, and other useful information. In addition, it includes some detailed information on viticulture and winemaking. I hope you will find it useful and enjoyable.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Xixia King Winery – Largest in Ningxia, China
Standing in Front of Xixia King Winery
(Dec. 2013) We
visited Xixia King Winery on a sunny winter afternoon, and I was very impressed
with all of the large signs and entry gates signaling the approach of the huge
Chinese style visitor’s center, which is named Chateau Yuachan.
King is the oldest winery in Ningxia having been established in 1982.They are also the largest, farming over
100,000 mu (1/3 of the vineyards in Ningxia) and, have extensive housing for
their workers.It was originally a
cooperative and has 14 farms.Today is
it owned by the regional government, and there are plans to expand even further
with additional brands and new “chateaux” on the property.They plan to call it “Grape Town” and
eventually have 6000 people living and working on the property.
Musuem Exhibit of Ancient Xia Tribes Drinking
were greeted by the winemaker, Evan who spoke perfect English.He escorted us through the large and very
fancy chateau where we saw special tasting rooms for VIPs, and the excellent
museum they built to tell the wine history of the world as well as Ningxia’s.In the museum they describe the Xia Dynasty,
which lived in this area and created the famous tombs that are a top tourism
draw today.The Xia Dynasty was also
famous for drinking and writing poetry.The brand “Xixia King” was named after an ancient warrior who became
king.His symbol is shown on each wine
bottle – a warrior with a large sword riding a horse.
Giant Xixia King Bottle on Highway
continued his tour by showing us the future location of Ningxia’s International
Wine Center that will showcase the wines of the world, as well as Ningxia gold
medal wines. He also showed us where
wine club members could make their own wine and bottle it.We concluded the tour with a barrel tasting
of the 2013 Italian Riesling and cabernet sauvignon.Though both were very young, they were fresh
with vibrant fruity flavors.