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Helan Mountain is a rising star among the wine-producing regions of China, due to its favorable climate. And Jade Vineyard, one of the winemakers in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region, launched its products on Nov 28 at Park Hyatt Beijing Hotel.
Ding Jian, the executive director of Jade Vineyard, said what she endeavors to do is to produce a wine that represents the "taste of China", and that's why she moved from being an imported wine supplier to being the owner of a Chinese vineyard in 2013.
"Wine is the juice of land. I have sipped the juice of Saint Emillion (France), Tuscany (Italy) and Adelaide (Australia), and I wondered, what the taste of China was like," said Ding.
With its "one mountain, one terroir, one taste" motto, the vineyard aims to use the terroir of the east side of Helan Mountain to make wines with Chinese characteristics.
And its four wines — Hyacinth Dry Red 2016, Four Seasons Dry Red 2015, Aria Dry Red 2015 and Messenger Dry Red 2015 — have been awarded prizes in different wine competitions like the International Wine and Spirits Competition and Decanter World Wine Awards.
Meanwhile, Hao Linhai, the president of the international association of grape and winemakers in the region, says: "Over 200 vineyards are located in Ningxia, among which Jade Vineyard is the one that I think highly of. I believe that domestically produced wine has great prospects."