Smaller Scale Chinese Winemakers on Show @ Vinexpo

Winemaking in China is primarily practised in three major regions: the province of Ningxia, Shandong (known for the cellar of Changyu), and Xinjiang. At Ningxia, the majority of the vineyards are run by about 200 small producers.

The climate and environment of these regions has favoured Cabernet Sauvignon. Other varietals are also present, but in lesser proportions including Merlot for about 10%.

Weibin Gong, Director of Ningxia Highsun Estate, is present with five wines at Vinexpo, from the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal, named “Château Gong” with a deep ruby colour and notes of fruit and chocolate; “Sea rhyme” with flavours of plum, blueberry and coffee; “Twinkle star” – a deep ruby colour with fruity flavours, especially plum and blueberry; “Your Amo” – a pale red colour with strawberry, rose and melon flavours; and finally, “Sea Soul” – a purple-red colour with a flavour dominated by strawberry.

Mr Gong has been producing wine for eight years, and says he greatly appreciates «wine people», their lifestyle, and the exchanges with people who love wine. This is why he also welcomes visitors who want to discover or learn more about the cultivation of vines and winemaking at Ningxia.

The wines he produces are at the mid to high-end, and for him, the most important thing is to favour and increase the quality of his wines and preserve their ranking as a medium-to-highend wine, or even promote them towards the high-end.

The company’s participation in Vinexpo has also allowed the Chinese winemaker to learn about the world of wine and to meet buyers and visitors intrigued by the Chinese wines from the province of Ningxia. Some 20 small producers in the Ningxia region have grouped together to be able to participate in trade shows like Vinexpo, facilitating logistics and adding to the importance of the stands.

Hall 1, Stand DE257