Moet Hennessys Ao Yun uses grapes grown in Chinas mountainous Yunnan province

Moet Hennessy's Ao Yun uses grapes grown in China's mountainous Yunnan province

Moet Hennessy has released the first vintage from premium Chinese winery Ao Yun.

About 2,000 cases have been released for sale, with 500 going to the US. The other cases will go to China, Hong Kong, the UK and France, a spokesperson told just-drinks.

The US SRP is US$300 per bottle and retailers confirmed so far are Sherry-Lehmann, Calvert Woodley, Wally's, K & L and Wine.com.

Ao Yun is Moet Hennessy's top-end Chinese wine project, using grapes grown in the mountains of northern Yunnan province in a climate said to be similar to Bordeaux. The first release is made of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.

China is already a big market for wine consumption and a number of vineyards in the country are attempting to premiumise domestic production.
Changyu Pioneer Wine Co has teamed up with Austrian winemaker Lenz Moser to open a EUR70m (US$78m) winery in China's Ningxia province. Production is currently around 400,000 bottles and is expected to get up around the half million mark next year.

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