source: international wines & spirits – article by Chris Bolling 2021
Large production of fine wines is the main goal at China’s Xige Estate, which now has more than 2,300ha of vines and is building up the potential to produce 6-7 million bottles of wine a year…
China’s Xige Estate produced more than 1 million bottles of wine from its first vintage in 2017 and sold them all in a year, during the Covid-19 pandemic. “I believe this is quite unique for a Chinese wine producer offering exclusively fine wines that are sold from over 100 to about 500 yuan a bottle retail ($15-$77),” Zhang Yanzhi, the founder, tells me.
Xige Estate – in China’s northwest wine region, Ningxia – is a young winery which aims to produce fine wines on a massive scale. “Large production of fine wines is the main goal and is the heart and soul of the whole Xige Estate project,” Zhang says.
It has a stunning new winery, opened in May 2019, the most advanced winemaking equipment in China, and ambitious plans.