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Chateau Changyu Rena

(chinadaily.com.cn) 2018-08-21 Print Mail Share

As a key agricultural project in Xixian New Area in Xi'an city, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, Chateau Changyu Rena is a winery located in the protected area of Wulingyuan Mausoleum in Qinhan New City. 

It is regarded as one of the four emerging areas which produce high-quality grapes in China. Since the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC to 24 AD), grapes have been cultivated there for wine making and the area was well-known especially in the early Tang Dynasty, even serving as the royal vineyard of Emperor Taizong (598-649 CE). 

Dr Li Hua, a professor of wine and vice-president of Northwest A&F University, believes that the area is part of the hilly zone of the Loess Plateau. With deep and soft soil rich in organic matter and minerals, the area boasts abundant sunshine, long frost-free periods and a large temperature difference between day and night, which is conducive to the accumulation of sugar and the conversion of aromatic substances and polyphenols, thus ensuring high-quality grapes and wine. 

As early as 10 years ago, Changyu, one of China’s best known wine producers, invested to set up Changyu (Jingyang) Wine Company in Jingyang County in Shaanxi. It is the first wholly-owned subsidiary of Changyu outside Yantai city, Shanxi province, with an area of grapes subjected to radiation processing reaching 15,000 mu (10 square kilometers).

With an initial investment of 600 million yuan ($87.3 million) and an area of about 733,000 square meters, the classical Italian Tuscan style castle Chateau Changyu Rena will be built into an international first-class winery featuring "Four Functions in One Area", which are to be a high-quality grape planting demonstration model, achieve high-end wine production and sales, provide wine culture exhibitions and be a tourism and leisure spot. 

With the gradual advancement of the winery project, the Chateau will soon become one of the landmark buildings, a reception hall and a shining pearl in the international metropolis of Xixian New Area. The underground wine cellar of the Chateau is by far the largest wine cellar in Asia, covering an area of 15,800 square meters. 

According to Xu Lei, a staff member of the Chateau, in order to give full play to its unique technology of "Racking Brewing", the Chateau spares no expense in enlarging its wine cellar and purchasing oak barrels. It imports over 20 kinds of oak barrels from different regions and manufacturers and at different textures and toasting degrees. According to the characteristics of grapes and grape raw wine that vary each year, the Chateau will select appropriate oak barrels to make wines that reach wonderful balance and fragrance.

The first production line of the Chateau is mainly targeted at the general public in China, meeting their needs in business banquets, social gatherings, family unions and other occasions. After the project goes into operation, its annual output value can reach 600 million yuan, its tax can contribute 175 million yuan to the local revenue every year and it can drive thousands of people's employment, with an area of grapes subjected to radiation processing reaching 20 square kilometers.

It can stimulate the interaction between the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of the modern economy, push forward the advancement of Shaanxi’s traditional agriculture towards modern agriculture, promote the development of Shaanxi's manor economy and urban agriculture and accelerate standardization, scale, specialization, modernization and internationalization of Shaanxi's agriculture.

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The Chateau Changyu Rena in Xixian New Area. [Photo/xixianxinqu.gov.cn]

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The Chateau Changyu Rena in Xixian New Area. [Photo/xixianxinqu.gov.cn]

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The Chateau Changyu Rena in Xixian New Area. [Photo/xixianxinqu.gov.cn]

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The Chateau Changyu Rena in Xixian New Area. [Photo/xixianxinqu.gov.cn]