I had the privilege to join some luminaries of the wine scene this past week in Hualai, Hebei. Richard Li, my former colleague invited me to join Lau Chi-sun of Wine Now Monthly, Jim Boyce of Grape Wall of China as well as Vincent and the always effervescent Judy Chan from Grace Vineyard.
We set off on a bright but crisp Beijing early afternoon once properly fortified with soup noodles
Drop down the bags and get some winter gear on because it is about to go to -10C as the wan sun drops and the winter winds kick up.
We’re off into the nursery to see cuttings with a demonstration from Richard on using the V-cut bench.
The resident stallion was happier to see us than the geese
In Huailai, as with many other Chinese regions due to the winter temperatures and dehydration after thaw, wineries need to bury the vines. In order to cope, they use a modified J-Prune with a single cordon similar to a Single Guyot which is easier to bury and protects the Scion, Cordon and buds in the soil which gets plowed up on top of the rows.