By Yuling Chen, EDITOR
The July marks the harvest of grapes! Therefore, iChongqing would like to recommend some routes for you to pick grapes in Chongqing. There are many kinds of grapes, so choose the right variety according to your taste.
For example, you can choose red grapes or black grapes, which are seeded or seedless. Kyoho grapes and Red Globe grapes are sweet and sour, among which Red Globe grapes are sweeter. Muscat Hamburg grapes, with thick skin and plenty of seeds, have moderate acidity and sweetness. Green grapes have lower sweetness and sourness, but Wuzilu grapes are sweeter. After selecting a variety of grapes, we can go to the vineyards with different characteristics for sightseeing and picking.
Meixingping Vineyard is a vineyard integrating sightseeing, leisure, and tourism, with a grape planting area of more than 100 mu and a total output of more than 100,000 jin. Since the grapes in Meixingping Vineyard have no pesticide residue and fewer pests, you can feel good when eating them. “Hutai No. 8” grape is one of the best grape varieties and the star product of Meixingping Vineyard. “Hutai No. 8” grape, produced in Huxian County, Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province, is a variety bred by Xi’an Grape Research Institute through Olympic bud mutation, with a sugar content of 15%-22%.
Moreover, Meixingping Vineyard has also planted Muscat Hamburg grapes and Zuijinxiang grapes. Shine Muscat grapes, introduced from Japan, are yellow-green after they mature and have crisp and juicy flesh. They are named after the lingering fragrance of roses. The Shine Muscat grapes have a sweetness of 28%, and each of them is crystal clear, juicy, and filled with juice.
Address: Dahe Village, Baishiyi Town, Jiulongpo District
This vineyard is mainly planted with indigenous grapes, which taste naturally authentic. And the transportation navigation is very convenient, people from the main urban area can arrive here in an hour by car! With one ticket, each tourist can take 6 kg of grapes for free. The excess part only needs to be paid at 12 yuan per kilogram, which is quite affordable. If you go there early, you can also buy some fresh vegetables from the villagers nearby, all of which have just been picked by them.
Address: Group 7, Long’an Village, Dingjia Sub-district, Bishan District
As the largest grape planting base in the main urban area of Chongqing, from the end of June to the beginning of September every year, Jiulongpo Xipeng Vineyard has thousands of mu of ripe grapes, making Xipeng Town the sea of grapes. In addition to grapes, Xipeng Town also has fruits such as sweet peaches, sweet oranges, and watermelons, as well as agricultural and sideline products like vegetables. Tourists in Xipeng Town can not only experience the pleasure of picking fruits but also bring back the freshest and most original agrarian products.
Address: Xipeng Town, Jiulongpo District
This fruit picking garden can satisfy different fruit lovers! There are not only grapes but also watermelons and cuiguan pears, with a total of more than ten varieties of grapes maturing gradually in the garden. At present, the early-maturing type Mili is fully mature, and some of the Summer Black and Muscat Hamburg varieties are mature, while other varieties will have to wait.
Address: Yongxingchang, Huimin Sub-district, Ba’nan District
Compared with other vineyards, Pufeng Vineyard has the biggest advantage – it is located on a mountain 800 meters above sea level, with a large temperature difference between morning and evening and abundant sunshine. This means the grapes here will be sweeter! Tourists in Pufeng Vineyard, Jielong Town can not only pick grapes and taste good wine but also enjoy the recreational fun such as fishing ecological fish and eating country style cuisines!
Address: Hehua Village, Jielong Town, Ba’nan District
Wu Xiaoping Vineyard has a pretty good reputation in the Chongqing grape industry. Now, the Shine-Muscat variety grew in turfy soil in Yinglong Town will be on the market soon!
The rose-flavored grape is sweet and delicious, with the faint fragrance of roses.
Address: Beidou Village, Yinglong Town, Nan’an District
Kangran Villa has the rare varieties of grapes in the Chongqing market, such as the Rainwater Red, Black Pearl, Muscat Hamburg, Shine-Muscat and Super Rose varieties. You can try some fresh grapes and feel the different tastes there.
Address: Commune 7, Shipan Village, Tiaodeng Town, Dadukou District
Zhangjiaba Vineyard has a lot of varieties of grapes. Now there are mainly the Summer Black grapes and Zuijinxiang grapes. The bunches of full-flesh round grapes will easily arouse your hunger. Even to think of them will make you feel the sweetness and freshness. The original flavor is, of course, the best.
Address: Zhangjiaba, Dabaishu Township, Fuling District
Among the vast vineyards in Tongliang, Yongleqiao Vineyard has enjoyed a high reputation since 2004. Now it is a good season for grapes. The temperature difference between day and night increases and the sweetness of grapes accumulates so that you can eat the most mellow and natural grapes here.
Address: Yongleqiao Vineyard, Tongliang District
Wenxi Village Vineyard has mainly Summer Black, Kyoho, Rainwater Red, Zuijinxiang, Shine-Muscat, Daziwang, and Amur grapes, with so many varieties! At present, these grapes are maturing in succession. Due to the different types of grapes, the tastes and flavors are also quite different.
Address: Wenxi Village, Gaojia Town, Fengdu County