Recently, China's domestic fruit industry has been improving in, not only output, but also quality.
One of the trends is growing domestic grape production across the country. Shandong province in the North East is proving to be an excellent region for grape production.
He Heng oversees a number of new grape orchards in the old course of the ancient Yellow River in the Southern Dezhou Ecological Zone in Shandong Province.
"There is sandy loam soil in the alluvial plain of the Yellow River. The soil has good air permeability, strong ability to adjust dryness and wetness, and is rich in organic matter and minerals. It is the best place for grapes to grow. In addition, the geographical location at 37 degrees north latitude also provides good growing conditions", says He Heng.
Grape vines in DeZhou, Shandong Province
"We insist on growing high-quality grapes by ourselves and have now formed a typical fruit production in China, "enterprise + cooperative + farmer" model. This allows us to making grapes develop from the initial 30 mu (2 hectares) to a grape planting base of more than 3,000 mu (200 hectares)", He Heng continues.
Part of the grapes are sold to a local winery, which arranges for farmers to plant according to an annual contract. This arrangement solves growers' sales problems and enables growers to concentrate on management and improve the quality of grapes.
Thanks to its unique ecological resources, the project has formed a natural winery that combines primary, secondary, and tertiary productions. The primary production includes the planting of organic vineyards. The secondary production includes wine cellars, and processing and sales offices. Finally, the tertiary industry includes the tourism industry, which drives the sales of grapes, wine, and promotes regional development.