This is up to now the project I liked most and had great expectation in China. The Client was also Grace Vineyard. The President had a wish to bring the wine culture to Xian. In 2009, the President invited me to visit a site at 2km north of the world heritage “Terracotta Warrior” at Lintong, Xian. The site had been a stepping farmland but was abandoned for many years. Surrounding the site was layers of mountains, sometimes visible and sometimes blurred in mist, much like a poetic ink painting. The design of this winery respects the land forms and minimize excavations. The building clusters co-exist with the land and do not shout loudly to disturb the quiet environment.
The cluster of buildings include the reception hall, art gallery, wine fermentation plant, restaurant, office and back of house, landscape, president’s villa and a boutique hotel. Unfortunately, the project was suspended in 2011 due to unforeseen obstacles in Xian.