2023 Desert Wine Festival

On September 20, 2023, the “Wuhai Desert Wine Culture Tourism Festival 2023” hosted by the Wuhai Municipal People’s Government opened at Pier 1 of Wuhai Lake. The festival lasts three days and for the first time takes the form of an urban community event with multiple stops such as Hansen Winery, Yunfei Winery and Grape Garden Greenway. Among other things, there will be a wine reputation competition, a professional wine evaluation competition, a short video collection competition, an online special promotional meeting and linking activities in each district, as well as a closing ceremony and an awards ceremony.

Feng Xuetao, director of the Standing Committee of the Municipal People’s Congress, Wang Wenjie, chairman of the CPPCC Committee, and Liu Pengfei, deputy director of the Autonomous Region’s Department of Culture and Tourism attended the opening ceremony. Sun Hao, deputy secretary of the municipal party committee and secretary of the Haibowan district party committee, gave a speech. Community leaders Meng Peiyun, Zhang Mingming and Fu Tinglin were present.

Source: City Government of Wuhai

Ningxia Hansen Mountain Vineyards

The vineyards of the Ningxia Hansen Mountain Wine Grape Planting Base, which have been cultivated since 2013, are located in the Luoshan Mountains of the Hongsibao District of the Ningxia Autonomous Region. The director of the vineyards, Gao Guoping, told reporters today: “When I arrived here, all I could see were barren mountains with no grass growing. After seven years of cultivation, the desert has now turned into an oasis. Vineyards, this will be the future of Chinese wine.”

Located in the eastern foothills of the Helan Mountains, it has unique natural and terroir conditions. The temperature differences between day and night and the absence of pests and diseases make it a high-quality organic desert farming area and one of the few pollution-free agricultural and ecological areas in China.

The grape industry brings not only ecological but also economic benefits. Local farmers manage 3600 mu growing wine grapes on behalf of Chateau Hansen. Hansen provides  basic technical guidance and training for farmers. The farmer’s income consists of a basic wage plus a production bonus wage. Based on the average yield of 800 kilograms per mu and 2 workers per household, the average household income can reach 50,000 to 60,000 RMB.

“With this contract model, vineyard planting will ultimately achieve the goals of ecological greening, corporate profits and farmers’ income increase,” says Gao Guoping.

Source: Ningxia News

Hansen Research Institute

In April 2014, Inner Mongolia Hansen Wine Group Co., Ltd. invested one million yuan RMB into the registration and establishment of the Inner Mongolia Hansen Grape Industry Research Institute. The institute is mainly engaged in basic research, new products, new technology and research related to the sustainable development of grape industrialization. It carries out research and development projects on new wine products and new processes, planting, seedlings, cultivation, irrigation, refinement and breeding. Current research topics also include grape skin and seed deep processing, cold-resistant varieties, stress-resistant grape rootstocks and improved seedlings.

The company has applied for patents in the field of organic fertilizers (including 2 invention patents accepted by the National Patent Office and 1 utility model patent). Among them are scraper type quick freezer, machine discharge port unloading mechanism, stainless steel grape hopper for wine production, automatic cleaning sterilization filter wine filling machine, sterilization filter machine for wine production and grape sterilizer for wine production stem crusher, anti-clogging pomace pump for fruit distillation wine production, rotary sprayer. Wine fermentation tank, an easy-clean bucket elevator for wine production, research on Wuhai wild lactic acid bacteria, and an automatic rehydration device for controlled fermentation temperature glycol freezers.

At present, Hansen products are famous brand products in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and Hansen brand is a well-known brand in China and a famous brand in Inner Mongolia. It has passed the EU dual certification for organic grapes and wine. The product has won a national invention patent, a third prize of the Science and Technology Progress Award of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and 97 international awards.

Source: Wuhai Municipal Science and Technology Bureau