The spread of the culture of wine (and its industry) may be a good engine of development for areas of the planet that had traditionally based their economy on agriculture, given that the final product has a higher value. This is especially true when the promoters of this adaptation are already experts, sometimes from the most recognized wine regions of the world.
The reverse of the coin is that this transformation of the economic activity of a region can have harmful effects on the environment, especially when it comes to traditional habitats of endangered species.
This is the case that has recently comes to light in the Chinese provinces of Shaanxi and Sichuan, which has announced planting 18,000 hectares of vineyards. These regions of China are the home of a stable population of 1,600 wild giant pandas, who are threatened by this project, according to reports from numerous environmental organizations and voices in the scientific world.
Although pandas usually live in protected reserves, which in principle would not be affected by the project, it is usual that they leave the defined area in search of new territories for feeding and breeding. The project might limit their mobility, being confronted with vineyard areas, plants that are absolutely foreign to these cute animals. The effects on their behavior are unknown, and it might question the viability of the species in these provinces.
In addition, if the grapes are grown on land traditionally used by cattle, this could be driven to invade panda’s reserves, entering into direct competition with them, which could be disastrous.
This is an issue that is worth considering carefully before making any move that could be beneficial for the local economy, but could also lead to an irreparable loss to the country's natural heritage. In addition to the provinces listed, in the Liangshan prefecture, Aba and Ganzi, the issue is the same. It highlights the government's economic priorities, which often clash with the conservation of nature, an always precarious balance.
As it is, before choosing wines from those areas of China, will you give a chance to the european wines? So we recommend:
Toso Marne Forti Barolo
Vega Sicilia Único 2000