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Melbourne-based architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall is designing an exclusive 100-hectare vineyard resort development in China.
Located north of Beijing, the Zhongkun Beijin Luoying Vineyard project features a state-of-the-art winery, wine tasting facilities and cellars, as well as an art gallery, day spa, conference venue and restaurants. The stage 1 development for the project also includes a six-star boutique hotel providing 60 suites, and 34 luxury villas with floor plans of 1500 square metres.
The vineyard is located near the Great Wall of China on a slightly sloping plain. The buildings are designed to echo the contours of both the land, with a linear design that reflects the famous landmark. The buildings draw inspiration from the terraced landforms of traditional vineyards and are submerged into the landscape.
Denton Corker Marshall have almost thirty years of experience working on Chinese developments, with projects including the Australian Embassy in Beijing, built in the 1980s, as well as residential and mixed-use developments, and New Town masterplans. Denton Corker Marshall Directors John Denton, Barrie Marshall and Greg Gong have travelled to China for presentations and site investigations and have consulted with Bordeaux-trained researcher and winemaker Professor Li Demei.
Professor Li is a graduate of the esteemed ENITA Bordeaux. He has been heavily involved in Chinas wine scene and has maintained a long association with the Sino-French Demonstration Vineyard, said Director John Denton.
China is emerging as a wine-producing nation, and is set to become the world’s seventh-largest wine market by 2013 according to a study by the Vinexpo Asia Pacific industry exhibition and market researcher International Wine and Spirit Record.