Kanaan, established in 2011, is the passion project of Fang Wang, nicked named ‘Crazy Fang’ for her dream of starting a winery from scratch with no prior experience. The winery is in Ningxia, at the foot of the Helen Mountains and the name refers to the ‘land of milk and honey’. Kanaan is unique in that Fang makes Riesling, a tribute to her time in Germany. Her Bordeaux blend reds are precise, ripe, with bright acidity and silky tannins. The quality of her wines is an excellent example of the potential for Ningxia as a wine region.
3 Things About Kanaan
1. Growing Grapes in Extreme Conditions
Ningxia is notoriously arid with low winter temperatures ( -20°C)requiring vine burial to protect the vines in the winter, only to dig them up in the spring. This makes growing grapes labour intensive and expensive due to inevitable annual vine loss.
2. Crazy Fang
Fang Wang is nicknamed Crazy Fang for her boldness to start a winery with no prior experience, and for embarking on the near impossible mission of growing Riesling in Ningxia.
3. Kanaan is one of the first Chinese wines to break into international market
When Kanaan’s pretty pony and wild pony were launched in Australia, it was sold out immediately.