YINCHUAN, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Vineyards in Gobi Desert become dreamland for winemakers. This new season of grape harvest and wine producing has started in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
With abundant sunshine, rich irrigation, and an appropriate climate, Ningxia's vast barren Gobi Desert is deemed the "golden zone" for growing wine grapes.
In 2011, Ningxia launched a basket of favorable policies to regulate the wine industry and encourage wineries to produce high-quality and branded wine.
Over the years, Ningxia has been rapidly transforming itself into a major winemaking region in China. It currently has 32,800 hectares of grape plantation, generating an annual output of 130 million bottles of wine and a comprehensive output value of 26.1 billion yuan (about 3.9 billion U.S. dollars).■