One Characteristic Terroir
Nestled in the Himalayas, at the foot of Meili Mountain, Ao Yun is a hidden paradise. The thick wandering clouds that surround its vineyards incarnate the unique and mystical valley. Ao Yun translates to 'roaming above the clouds'.
Two Distinctive River Banks
With two villages on either bank of the Mekong at varying altitudes, Ao Yun’s 27.7 hectares of vineyards enjoy varied soil types, sun exposure and microclimates. When blended, the wealth of character afforded by these unique terroir attributes enrich the wine's distinct profile and complexity.
Three Parallel Rivers
Surrounded by 5000-7000m peaks, the Ao Yun vineyards peaks, the Mekong, the central river of the Three Parallel Rivers, a UNESCO-protected area. This unique environment naturally shields them from heavy rains or monsoons.
A unique combination of altitude, climate and soil
The villages are 2200-2600 metres above sea level, which lowers temperature, thereby also slowing ripening. Such high altitude exposes the grapes to stronger UV rays, which thicken their skin, resulting in more complex and silky tannins.
Nights are cool, while the days are not too warm, and the mountains block the sunlight to the valley, thereby lengthening the ripening period. These conditions correlate with freshness in the wine and improved ageing potential.
In addition to being very diverse, Ao Yun’s soil is uncompacted. Since Ao Yun’s steepness makes the use of tractors impossible, roots can grow deeper – up to 3m deep and deeper roots enable more complex wines.