Ningxia is the smallest wine-growing region in the central-north part of China. The region is famous for its complex expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon blends, powerful Chardonnay and crisp Riesling, and it is one of the most qualitative in the country. The fertile Yellow River creates perfect conditions for the necessary irrigations of the vineyards. Most of the plantings are located at the foothills of the Helan Mountain. The climate in the region is described as continental with hot summers, although the high altitude of the vineyards (some more than 1200 m above sea level) helps to create a favourable climate for wine-growing. Vineyards planted so high are receiving intense sunlight during the day is succeeded by much cooler nights, which is great for retaining the much desired good acidity. Besides the already mentioned grapes, Ningxia has plantings of Syrah and Merlot. The region has attracted two major international investors and the future of Ningxia is becoming more bright in the last decade, as the wine industry plays a main role there.