Gao Yuan, commonly known as Emma, was born and raised right here in Yinchuan, back when the city was a small provincial town. After studying in St. Petersburg for a time, she set off to study in Bordeaux and it was from there she discovered her love of wine and passion for wine making.
Emma honed her winemaking skills at Château Calon-Ségur, a third growth château in Saint-Estèphe and is famous for its heart-shaped labelay.
Owner & Winemaker
Emma Gao Yuan
Very few people know Ningxia better than the patriarch of Silver Heights, Gao Lin. Although he was born in neighboring Shanxi province, he moved to Yinchuan over fifty years ago and has been working here ever since. Gao Lin began as a garment manufacturer in the days when Yinchuan was a small town of only 20,000 people, and has since watched it grow to a bustling metropolis of over 2 million people.
In the early 1990s, Gao Lin partnered with a friend to plant some of the first vines in Ningxia. Inspired by the vines' response to the local soil and climate, he sent his youngest daughter, Emma, to Bordeaux to learn wine-making. He didn't expect her to return with not just a diplôme national d’oenologue, but also a grand daughter, the future owner of Silver Heights.
Now over seventy years of age, Gao Lin is still a regular fixture at the winery, receiving guests, helping with harvest, and coordinating monthly employee barbecues.
Chen Wei's family has been farming rice only 20 kilometers from Silver Heights for four generations. A recent graduate from the newly founded Ningxia Wine Engineering Technical College where he studied Wine Engineering, Chen Wei is excited to begin his apprenticeship under Emma.
When not making wine, Chen Wei is usually visiting his family, enjoying sci-fi films, and attempting to conquer his next challenge, learning French!
Born and raised in a farming family in a small town in the North of Ningxia alongside his younger sister, Yin Qiang is also a recent graduate of Ningxia Wine Engineering Technical College in Wine Engineering. He is infamous around the winery for his love of practical jokes and martial arts novels, and hopes one day to be able to visit other wine regions around the world.
Our team’s love of viticulture arises from their passion and deep understanding of the soil, weather, and terroir of Helan Mountain.