China Is Building a Literal City of Wine

Chateaux, moats and a brandy temple — where do we sign?

By Kirk Miller

 
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11 May 2017

What a grape, er, great idea: A city of wine.

In a larger piece on China’s booming vino industry — they’re now the world’s second-largest wine grower by vineyard area — Bloomberg unearthed the amazing concept of Wine City.

A resort city on China’s northeast coast (near North Korea), Wine City is 1000-acre, near-billion dollar wine amusement park from Chinese spirits giant Changyu, replete with chateaus (one dubbed “a white neo-Gothic structure that looks like the set of Monty Python and the Holy Grail”), artificial moats and a temple to brandy making. As well, there’s a champagne flute-decorated skyscraper housing scientists dedicated to perfecting vintages, along with tasting rooms and numerous bars.

The area will, of course, produce wine. Bloomberg describes the winemaking facilities as a “series of cathedrals or gleaming airplane hangers” that could be the world’s largest wine production site.

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