In order to make the world’s prized wine, China is trying to cultivate a vineyard in the foothills of the Tibetan plateau, the Gobi desert and rocky cascades of province Ningdzhia. Now, Chinese growers have a new destination in mind – space.
When the latest space laboratory of China, Tiangogn-2 was launched into space last week, it enjoyed and selection of the vineyard which produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir.
Chinese scientists hope that the growth of vineyard in space will cause mutations in the grapes that will make more immune to the harsh climate in some wine-growing regions in growth in China, says DecanterChina.com, website dedicated to the local wine industry.
Low temperatures and barren land are some of the most serious challenges of the producers of grapes in regions such Ningdzhia, an impoverished region in China. There through the winter temperatures fall to -25 degrees Celsius.
According to Chinese website, the researchers hope that exposure to “Space radiation” can cause genetic changes in the vineyard, which can develop “new resistance to cold, drought and viruses.