Ao Yun, Tibetan red wine

China claims to be the seventh largest producer of wine in the world, while its vineyards rank second in the world. Ao Yun’s intention”flying above the clouds“, referring to thick clouds rising over mountain ranges, according to LVMH.

China has the best wines like Ao Yun is created in the Tibetan peaks, produced by LVMH’s Ao Yun wine division. Maxence Dulou, the director of the Ao Yun region, presented in July 2021 the latest wine from this vineyard produced by LVMH in China.

That’s a questiona wine of amazing freshness whose story takes us to the borders of Yunnan. There, lost at 2600 meters above sea level, a handful of pioneer winegrowers gave themselves to the vineyard.

Ao Yun is the symbolic story of a wine in Tibet (in the northeast of the Yunnan wine region). This variety grows on the banks of the Mekong, at an altitude of 2600 m, thanks to a handful of pioneer winegrowers entering the vineyard.

In just two years, this Tibetan wine has become one of the best Chinese red wines in the world. The first wine, bottled in 2013, was made from 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. Ao Yun 2014, the second wine was drawn at 24,000 bottles, becoming the best red wine in China.

According to Jean-Guillaume Prats, president of Moët Hennessy Estates & Wines, this wine “a great human struggle and a slow dream”the reasons why Ao Yun is expensive to produce.

According to the LVMH website, The vineyards of Ao Yun are located in the villages of Adong, Xidang, Sinong and Shuori, at the foot of the Meili sacred mountains, at altitudes from 2,200 to 2,600 meters, which allows Cabernet Sauvignon to express its quality all of this unique terroir. .

These lands have been cultivated by local farmers for centuries and have transformed this steep mountain landscape.. According to tradition, the entire winemaking process is done by hand. Ao Yun’s terroir enjoys excellent climatic conditions with temperatures similar to those of the Bordeaux region,” officials said.

30 ha were planted in 2002, at an altitude of 2600 m, in the province of Yunnan, at the foot of the Himalayas, under the sacred mountain of Meili. “After four years of research in the vast regions of China, in order to find the right terroir to produce red wine like the greatest in the world, the right place is in Northern Yunnan, a region with great potential for wine growing. on the banks of the Mekong: a little corner of paradise at the foot of the Himalayas, not far from the city of Shangri-La »such as LVMH.

The site is remarkable, as the first vines were planted in China in 1846 by priests of the Paris Missionaries of Foreign Countries. They were laid down after 1905. In the late 1990s, these vines were rediscovered, and then they covered Yunnan from Cizhong (the Tibetan Catholic village). Most of the French varieties are now gone, honey rose (Rose Honey) famous for its great wine.

Today, the total number of vineyards is 500 ha. The vineyard consists of 320 small plots cultivated by 300 local farmers* from three different villages on both banks of the Mekong (the villages of Adong, Xidang, Sinong and Shuori).

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