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