Ningxia Domaine Chandon Winery
China’s first winery dedicated to the production of premium sparkling wine.
Sector: Industrial / Winery / Distillery
Client: Moet Hennessey Asia Pacific
Services: Master Planning; Architecture; Interior Design
Budget: $5-6 million US
“MAP Architecture & Planning (MAP) has delivered the master plan, architecture and interiors for China’s first winery dedicated to the production of premium sparkling wine in the Ningxia Hui region.
The project comprised developing the winery’s master plan along with the architecture and interior design for the wine production and technical areas, office space and the public tasting areas and dining rooms.
The key focus was to present a design to encapsulate the client’s prestigious brand. A modernist aesthetic was taken using exaggerated horizontality to integrate the building with the flat desert floor and the He Lan (Wild Horse) mountain backdrop.
Wine is traditionally stored underground; however, with the harsh Ningxia winters and flood-prone summers, fermentation and cellaring underground was not an ideal option for the new winery. As such, MAP placed the Sur Latte (second fermentation cellar) above ground and then buried it in hundreds of tons of the same earth that protects and nourishes the vines.
The interiors have been designed to reflect the luxury brand, incorporating a sumptuous palate of materials and textures with colours chosen to match the hues of the wines. A grand staircase takes visitors to a roof terrace offering 180° views across the vineyards, dessert oasis and mountains.
The project plays an important role in the wine growing region, bringing a prominent wine brand to China; one of the world’s most lucrative wine buying markets. While the winery was officially opened in June 2013, the first bottles cannot be quaffed until 2014.”