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Jade Vineyard is seated on the alluvial fan of eastern Helan Mountains. Helan Mountains stretch over 200 kilometers on its west, blocking the sand-wind from the Tengger Desert and cold current from Siberia. The Yellow River on the east side nourishes the soil with water. The divine area between Helan Montains and Yellow River breeds Ningxia region, the oasis of north-western China.

Jade Vineyard is located inside Jianshan International Wine Grape Test Zone at the eastern piedmont of Helan Mountain. The vineyard is on the alluvial plain of Helan Mountains with the average elevation of 1180 meters. The avenue on the left side of Jade Vineyard straightly leads to Suyukou National Forest Park. A famous poem written by Yue Fei has mentioned this area, which is very well known by Chinese people.

It was a complete virgin land left for millions of years with its annual rainfall of 200 mm. and annual evaporation of 600 mm., where lived wild flowers, camel thorns and other small plants along with winds. The land stayed dry, wasted and isolated until we began to cultivate in 2012.

Terroir

I’ve never been to northwest China before doing wine business.

I remember it was on a Saturday in the spring of 2013 I went to Jinshan region. The region was on a 1:10 height-ratio gentle slope on the alluvial plain of Helan Mountain, with soils never been reclaimed in millions of years. I was not affected at first by some chance when away from the mountain foot, so I kept on going closer to the mountain, and rocks on the land became bigger and bigger, until finally, I reached the region. Looking from the site, I felt Helan Mountain was so close to me as it was at hand, but also so far away like standing on the horizon. I lowered my head and saw a bunch of wild flower swinging in the wind. At an altitude of 1180 meters with annual 200mm precipitation and 600mm evaporation, the soil well nourished the flower and harvested its blooming beauty.


—Emma Ding

The owner of Jade Vineyard

Jade Vineyard is located in the northwestern inland plateau where the continental arid and semi-arid climates dominate. The most significant characteristics of this climate is “cold in winter and hot in summer”; The lowest temperature reaches -15 ℃ in winter. Therefore, the grapes need to be buried for cold-resistance;

 

Long hours of sunshine, strong solar radiation, total of 1700 to 2000 hours of sunshine during growing seasons; High effective accumulated temperature, reaching 3400-3800℃d annually, which can guarantee the maturation for most wine grape varieties;  Low rainfall, with 200mm average precipitation and 580mm average evaporation annually. Low air humility, greatly reducing the risks of fungal diseases; Adequate diurnal temperature variation ranging from 12-15℃ is good for the maturity of grapes. The dryness and hotness in summer, as well as the cool and cold temperature in spring and autumn, shape its power and delicateness;

 

The west-facing Helan Mountains block the sand wind and the cold air from northwest, effectively reducing of risks of frost damage.