The new winery is expected to be completed this year

The new winery is expected to be completed this year

Moet Hennessy has declined to comment on reports suggesting its new winery in China is set to open by June.

The new US$5.5m winery in the Ningxia Hui region of north-west China will see its first wines hitting shelves next year, according to a report on the website Asia Travel Tips. Premium sparking wines will be produced under the company's Chandon brand name.

The 6,300 sqm facility will feature a fully operational winery, fermentation cellars, tasting rooms and luxury visitor centre,

When contacted by just-drinks today (15 January), however, a Moet Hennessy spokesperson declined to comment on the report. 

News of the venture first emerged in May 2011 after Moet Hennessy signed a joint-venture with local agriculture group Ningxia Nongken. The French firm has a 60% controlling stake in the vineyards and Nongken the remaining 40%.

Moet Hennessy previously said that it hoped the Chandon (Ningxia) Winery will become “recognised as China's benchmark producer of premium sparkling wines”. 

Meanwhile, the company is also planning to produce a  high-end red wine inside China, having last year signed a tie-up deal with Chinese wine group VATS to build a winery in the Yunnan province.