China’s Bordeaux: winemakers in ‘gold rush’ to turn desert into vineyards

China’s Bordeaux: winemakers in ‘gold rush’ to turn desert into vineyards

“This,” says Emma Gao as she races through the sun-scorched countryside of north-west China in a dusty Nissan Livina, “is la Route des Chateaux. There are almost 40 different entrepreneurs – maybe more. Every day it is changing,” the Chinese winemaker explains, slaloming between French, English and Mandarin as she tours her 70-hectare (170-acre) vineyard at the heart of a region government officials are calling China’s Bordeaux.

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