More than 30 kinds of Wuhai products were on display in the 18th China International Agricultural Products Fair and the 2nd Western China (Chongqing) International Agricultural Products Fair held recently, according to Wuhai City Publicity Department. Among them, a dessert wine has impressed many merchants. What can a "new industrial city on the bend of the Yellow River" accomplish in grapes and wine?
Wuhai is located between 30 and 40 degrees north latitude, the golden zone of grape planting around the world. Located at the junction of three major deserts, Wuhai is rich in light and heat resources with long sunshine hours and large temperature differences between day and night. The region is dry and has a long frost-free period, all adding to the ecological advantages of developing high-quality grape and wine products. Wuhai is listed as the dominant cultivation area for Eurasian grapes in the middle and upper reaches of the Yellow River by China's agriculture ministry.
Wuhai enjoys the reputation as the land of grapes, which is related to its advantageous geographical position. But more importantly, it's because of the scientific methods which are used - from breeding and planting, all the way to to maturity.
For example, Wuhai has cultivated local grape seedlings to adapt to the local climate, and developed facilities to stagger the grape's maturity time for greater market presence. New varieties of table grapes and wine grapes have been introduced to lay a foundation for the market's future development. A special pattern of pruning is taken to promote the mechanization of grape planting development. The application of science and technology makes Wuhai grape more competitive and tastier. In 2008, the Wuhai grape was recognized in one of the first batches of geographical indications for agricultural products in China. In 2015, the trademark of "Wuhai Grape" geographical indication was registered.
Wuhai has a grape planting area of 30,000 mu and four wine processing enterprises, with an annual output of 11,000 tons of wine and an annual sales revenue of about 200 million yuan. Wine from the Wuhai region sells well all over the country and is exported to more than a dozen countries and regions, such as the United States, Germany and Denmark, with emerging famous wine brands such as Hansen and Jiolis.