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China - Ningxia - Workers harvest the grapes in one of the largest vineyards.<br />
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Thanks to its high altitude, arid soil and cool, dry weather, Ningxia has been identified by wine experts as potentially one of the best wine producing regions in the world. The dry weather pro-tects the vines from bacteria and diseases and allows a significant reduction in the use of pestici-des.<br />
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All of the water irrigating Ningxia vineyards comes from the nearby Yellow River, one of China’s main sources of freshwater. <br />
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According to international sommeliers, Ningxia wine’s specificities are found in its minerality, spi-ciness and floral taste.<br />
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In order to survive the region’s frigid winter temperatures, which can drop as low as -27 degrees Celsius, vines are buried in November and unburied in spring. Between 3 and 5 per cent of them perish during this process.