Where To Go and What To Drink

If you plan to visit China and want to try Chinese wine, Pierre Ly, associate professor of international political economy and co-author of Adventures on the China Wine Trail, recommends a little research ahead of time. Unlike the U.S., visiting wineries in China isn’t a drop-by situation—you’ll need to let them know you’re interested in a visit, Ly says. “And it’s better to have someone in your party who speaks Mandarin.”

Here are a few places he suggests considering:

Chateau Changyu Rena: Near the airport in Xi’an, it includes a 4D movie theater—and more. 

Treaty Port Vineyards: “There’s nothing like staying in a Scottish castle in a Chinese village, close to the beach resort area of Penglai in Shandong Province.” 

Chateau Miqin: Part of the Xixia Culture Park in the city of Yinchuan, in north-central China. 

Chateau Changyu Moser XV: Like Chateua Miquin, this is in the Ningxia area of north-central China. This one features a French- Renaissance-style castle. 

Xige Estate: This one is off the beaten path but accessible from Yinchuan. “A prominent new winery with excellent wines, a nice hotel, and restaurant.” 

Rose Honey guesthouse: For adventurous travelers, this is a very basic family-owned guesthouse in Cizhong, a tiny village of Yunnan. “The family makes and sells wine from their own vineyards, including from the local grape variety Rose Honey.” 

To try wines in a main city without the hassle of going to a winery: 

Beijing: “The restaurant The Merchants has some good Ningxia wines, and the bar at Novotel Xinqiao serves 1421 Wines from Xinjiang.” 

Fuzhou (Tacoma’s sister city): The café-bistro Angelina’s two locations are owned by Grace Vineyard, a leading Chinese winery. 

Almost anywhere: “You can find Grace Vineyard wines and delicious food near the city’s top tourist sites.” 

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By Starre Vartan
Illustration by Mariko Jesse
Published May 25, 2020