Liberty Wines is delighted to announce the addition of two new wines from Kanaan Winery in Ningxia, China, to its portfolio.
Considered one of the country’s top wineries, Kanaan (meaning ‘the land of milk and honey’) is paving the way for Ningxia to be one of China’s leading regions for fine wine production. Grapes have been cultivated in China for centuries on the indigenous Vitis amurensis vines, as well as the Vitis vinifera vines that arrived in the country via the ancient Silk Road, but it is only in the past ten years that China’s fine wine scene is making a name for itself.
“Kanaan impressed us with the pristine, fruit forward, rounded character of their wines. They are not only very well-made but are highly drinkable and are a perfect fit for our portfolio,” comments David Gleave of Liberty Wines.
Nestled at the foot of the Helan Mountains in Ningxia, about 1,000 km west of Beijing, the 16.8 hectares estate enjoys a dry, sunny climate with moderate temperatures during the growing season, a shield from cold northerly winds, alluvial soils and vineyard sites with ideal aspects in the foothills. To ensure these natural attributes are captured in the wines, Ningxia has stringent rules to ensure producers remain focused on quality.
Kanaan Winery was established in 2011 by owner Wang Fang, daughter of Wang Feng Yu, a pioneer of viticulture in Ningxia. She is affectionately known as ‘Crazy Fang’ for embarking on the near-impossible mission of growing Riesling, her favourite variety, in Ningxia. Both the Ningxia Riesling and the flagship ‘Pretty Pony’ - a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, named after the Ningxia region’s historical association with horses – are available through Liberty Wines.
Kanaan Winery Ningxia Riesling 2017 (screwcap)
Kanaan Winery Pretty Pony Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2013 (screwcap)