Officials in the north central Chinese region of Ningxia have announced plans for a five-tiered hierarchy of quality designations among their wineries, much like the one that ranks the chateaux in Bordeaux, France.
Ningxia wine has shown incredible potential as of late, even besting wines from Bordeaux in blind tasting competitions. Ningxia hopes that the classification system will encourage wineries to control yields and standardize production. To qualify for the classification, a Ningxia winery must plant its own grapes, vinify and bottle the wines on site, and have a main building that can be used for wine tourism.
Some commenters say this classification is too early and too ambitious for the young wine region. Others claim that as Ningxia has shown itself to be China’s premier wine growing region, a system should be set up to ensure its quality and promote its finest wines.