This Exceptional $300 Wine Is Produced In The Foothills Of The Himalayas

Location may be important in real estate, but it’s absolutely essential in wine.

When you think of growing grapes for wine, your mind turns to France or the Napa Valley — probably not 8,500 feet in the air outside of Shangri-La. Which is why we spoke to Maxence Dulou, a winemaker who hails from Bordeaux and has previously plied his trade in Burgundy, Chile and South Africa.

He’s also the driving force behind Ao Yuna limited-edition red wine from Moët Hennessy produced in the foothills of the Himalayas. The vineyard is located in a remote northwest corner of China’s Yunna province. The brand claims it’s a “previously unexplored terroir,” and it’s almost certainly the highest elevation at which a wine has ever been produced.

What’s Ao Yun mean?
“Flying above the cloud.” You can see the inspiration and some aerial shots of the vineyard in this video.