Beijing and neighboring Hebei Province will jointly develop a premium grape and wine production region projected to have an annual yield of 300,000 tons of premium wine by 2030.
The news was announced at an industrial forum during the 11th International Conference on Grapevine Breeding and Genetics held in Beijing’s Yanqing County.
The Yanqing-Huailai Valley wine region, located northwest of Beijing, will cover a total area of about 2,000 square kilometers. It will encompass 27 towns in Yanqing County in Beijing and Huailai County in Hebei. By 2030, the area under grape cultivation in the wine region will reach 26,800 hectares. The annual output is expected to rise to 14 billion yuan (US$2.3 billion), and there are plans to build 150 chateaus in the area.
The wine region enjoys a favorable geographical location for growing grapes, as it lies at approximately the same latitude – 45 degrees north – as Bordeaux in France and Napa Valley in the United States.
Currently, the area under grape cultivation in Yanqing and Huailai has reached about 18,425 hectares, and the area’s grape production has reached 163,000 tons. The annual wine production of the two counties is 70,000 tons, valued at over 4 billion yuan (US$645 million). Yanqing County is one of China's major high-quality grape-producing areas.
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