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Silver Heights

China's most famous boutique winery
Region Ningxia (Cina)
Foundation Year 2007
Address Silver Heights, Helan Mountain East, Ningxia (China)
Oenologist Emma Gao

Silver Heights represents a new horizon for the wine world. It is, in fact, a Chinese estate located in the Ningxia region. Its origins date back to 1997, when Gao Lin began to cultivate vines in these lands, which had soil and climate conditions particularly favorable for viticulture. In the following year, he undertook a series of trips to France and Germany to study and expand his knowledge of new trends and techniques practiced in Europe. His daughter honed her technical training with oenological studies in Bordeaux, where she also worked at Château Calon Ségur, and then rounded out her knowledge with a series of visits to the major wine regions of old Europe before returning home with a valuable wealth of experience.

The new generation consolidated the winery, making it one of the country's leading high-end estates. It quickly rose to prominence on the Chinese scene thanks to a wealth of knowledge from the best European domaines. Today the property has a compressive size of about fifty hectares, which are cultivated following biodynamic principles. A choice based on respect for the environment, which allows the use of only natural substances. In the vineyard, copper sulfur, horn manure, cornosilica and other herbal infusion preparations are used, which make the plants stronger and more resistant to disease. All inter-row tillage and cutting of herbs, are done mechanically, encouraging the practice of green manure to make the soils more fertile in a completely natural way and without fertilization.

Obviously, the same production philosophy applies to the winery, with absolute care and respect for the raw materials, to make the most of the varietal aromas of the grapes and the character of the terroir. Vinifications are made with spontaneous fermentations and use of indigenous yeasts. Aging takes up the great French tradition, both for the whites, often inspired by the great Burgundy school, and for the reds, which instead draw on Bordeaux models based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

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