Ao Yun

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Ao Yun
Ao Yun

Ao Yun

Produced in the foothills of the Himalayas, near the legendary city of Shangri-La, Ao Yun is the fruit of an exceptional adventure that pushes the frontiers in winemaking, by creating a wine estate in a previously unexplored terroir.

Creation date: 2013
Chief Executive Officer: Jean-Guillaume Prats
Head office: Adong Village, Shengping Town, Deqin County, Diqing Prefecture , Yunnan Province - China

Identity

After four years of searching across China to find the ideal terroir to produce a red wine worthy of comparison with the world’s greatest wines, the perfect site was found in the north of the Yunnan province. Situated on the banks of the Mekong River, the region harbors fabulous potential for producing wine, a remote little corner of paradise nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, not far from the legendary city of Shangri-La. Located in the villages of Adong, Xidang, Sinong and Shuori at the foot of the sacred Meili mountain, Ao Yun vineyards range in altitude from 2,200 to 2,600 meters, enabling the cabernet sauvignon grape to express the full refinement of this unique terroir. Local farmers have worked these lands for centuries, adapting their farming techniques to the steep mountainsides. To respect time-honored local tradition, the grape harvest and winemaking are done entirely by hand. The Ao Yun terroir enjoys exceptional climatic conditions, with temperatures similar to those of Bordeaux. Ao Yun means “flying above the clouds”, a reference to the clouds that cap the summits of the surrounding mountain chains. 

Adong, the highest Ao Yun vineyard at 2,600 meters in altitude © J.Penninck

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Produced from 314 plots totaling nearly 30 hectares (75 acres) of vineyards, the first Ao Yun vintage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The 2013 vintage is emblematic of the freshness, elegance, superb balance and subtle tannins that characterize the wine produced in this new Himalayan terroir.

Ao Yun 2013, the first vintage produced by the estate © Ao Yun

Insight

Maxence Dulou, Estate Manager © Ao Yun

« Moët Hennessy gave us the chance to do something every winemaker dreams of: discover a new terroir and be part of creating a great wine while respecting an incredibly rich culture in the midst of breathtaking landscapes. » 

Key figures

  • 2013 First vintage produced by Ao Yun
  • 314 number of plots from which Ao Yun is produced
  • 2 600 Highest altitude, in meters, of the estate in Adong