Ao Yun, "flying above the clouds", is the story of an epic journey to a mystical place where an exceptional spirit of craft is encountered. 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.
Ao Yun is the first Grand Cru of the Himalayas, born from a dream that began in 2008. It exists today thanks the determination, dedication and faith of visionaries, the hard work and passion of its young Chinese winemaking team, as well as the peaceful connection with nature of 120 local Tibetan farming families. Ao Yun is the first of its kind and brings a new region – Yunnan – to the world winemaking map.
2017 was marked by challenges in climatic conditions, starting with a dry and warm winter followed by a cool spring that delayed growth of the vines. The summer was cool and much too wet, and at the beginning of fall, a crucial window opened with one month of higher temperatures than average. The season’s climate and newly optimized ways of working in the vineyard resulted in a generous harvest with very powerful and beautifully mature grapes.
Country: Yunnan, China
Rating: 94 Points by Wine Advocate
Tasting Note: “This vintage symbolizes the enhancement through a challenging climate compensated by great adaptation in the vineyard and in our winemaking. We managed to harvest powerful but ripe grapes and transformed them into a concentrated but fresh and velvety wine.”– Maxence Dulou, Estate & Technical Director, Ao Yun