We recently spent three days tasting wine in Ningxia, China's premiere wine growing region. The region is part of the muslim territory in what is considered the North West of China. The growing season is certainly ideal for wine grape production but winters are so cold that the vines have to be buried in order to stay alive. This tactic is also used in Germany in Canada and has worked for centuries.
The picture above was taken at Ningxia Helan Qingxue Vineyard with the winemaker, Zhang Jing. She has been the official winemaker for over 10 years now and has quite the talent and knowledge of her native land's terroir. I do expect that this region will win more and more accolades in the years to come.