Ningxia wine production down in 2016 but ‘within normal range’

China’s premium wine region Ningxia will likely see a drop of 5% in wine production compared with last year due to heavy rainfalls in September, says Li Demei, China’s leading wine expert.

Demei LiIn a phone interview with dbHK, Li said floods earlier this year along Helan Mountain affected a few wineries but the damages were not severe. However, rainfalls in September caused a series of diseases including mildew, “the main reason for the production decline,” Li explained, adding that a “5% decline is still within normal range”.

As reported by dbHK earlier, wine production in China in 2016 is forecast to drop with Xinjiang in northwestern China reporting as much as a 30% cut.

In recent years, Ningxia has made inroads in global wine market, after local wineries such as Silver Heights and Helan Qing Xue won international wine awards. The local government is hoping to push the region’s vineyard acreage to 700,000 mu (about 46,667 hectares) by 2020, which will bring its annual wine production to 200 million bottles. Ningxia’s current acreage is 610,000 mu (40,666 hectares).

Li, however, remained cautious, stressed planting should be based on market demand and production capacity.

“It’s not going to be that fast. I think it’s only the government’s suggestion. In reality, the region’s planting should be based on market demand and the region’s wineries’ own production capacity,” Li said, noting demand for Ningxia wines has been growing. 

Last year, Li noted, some local farmers were replanting vines with other crops for better profits as market demand for wines in general has suffered since 2012, but the up-rroting of vines in Ningxia was relatively rare this year, he continued, adding that wineries in the region are becoming less dependent on grape growers, which means small scale replanting won’t affect final production.

“For years in Ningxia, the model for winemaking was winemakers buying grapes from local farmers, but more often now, we see more wineries growing grapes themselves to make wines for quality control. So the model has changed. Even if some local farmers are cutting down vines for other crops, this won’t affect production of wines,” explained Li.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Fine Wine Sales Administrator

Davy's Wine Merchants
London, UK

Content Manager (Maverick Drinks)

ATOM Supplies
London, UK

Graphic Designer (NPD)

ATOM Supplies
Tunbridge Wells, UK

Press Officer

Speciality Drinks
London, UK

UK Private Clients Manager

Ditton Wine Traders
London, UK

London Business Development Manager

Maisons Marques et Domaines UK Ltd

Head of Buying - Spirits

West London, UK

Liquid Production Supervisor

ATOM Supplies
Tonbridge, Kent, UK

Sales Account Manager – Cotswolds

Haynes Hanson & Clark
Gloucestershire, UK

Communications & PR Manager

Islay, UK

International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show

London,United Kingdom
26th Feb 2018

Spirited London

London,United Kingdom
15th Mar 2018

Prowein 2018

18th Mar 2018
Click to view more

The Global Malbec Masters 2017

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

the drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Sparkling Masters.

Click to view more