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Wine Spectator: Chinese Wine Region Establishes Classification Modeled on Bordeaux’s

January 31, 2014

As China tries to build a domestic wine industry and grapples with the inevitable growing pains, one region is adopting measures in an attempt to guarantee quality. Ningxia, which has grabbed some attention as a promising spot for Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends, recently introduced a winery classification system. Modeled on the Bordeaux 1855 Classification, but with updated rules and a required renewal every two years, it ranks wineries in five levels. The organizers hope the system will recognize and encourage Ningxia wineries that consistently produce high-quality wine and assist consumers in making an informed selection.

Ningxia officials have plans to expand the region’s industry to more than 1,000 wineries in the next decade. As of December 2013, the government says roughly 58,000 acres of vines have been planted—mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and the local Gernischt grape (also called Chinese Cabernet or Cabernet G)—with more in the works. For the full story in Wine Spectator, click here.

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