Yunnan Mile red winery Hani and Yi Ethnic Groups

Yunnan Mile red winery Honghe Yunnan
The Mile red winery is quite unique as the only place where wine grapes are grown at such a high altitude. At 1,500 meters high in the remote area of Yunnan, French missionaries planted the first vines of this variety, which are now extinct in France. With its sweet and lightly scented aroma, a rose flavor, this wine is highly appreciated.

The Red Winery

It is in Mile that the grapes are grown and manufactured to produce the popular Yunnan Red Wine. This red wine differs significantly from usual dry wines. It has the peculiarity of being sweet and scented with rose. This winery is the only place where wine grapes are grown and manufactured at more than 1,500 meters of altitude. This red wine county is also part of the great wineries of Yunnan.

The origin 

Back to the origin of the creation of the vineyards in Yunnan, one discovers that French missionaries planted the first vines of this variety. In detail, a French missionary came to Yunnan through the Tea Horses Road, about two hundred years ago. He got a piece of land in the valley of Lancang River where he helped to build a church. The missionaries succeeded in this remote region until 1951. To avoid too much nostalgia, one of them had the idea to bring the grapes of France and plant them in this valley. By their own equipment, they managed to produce wine and even led the villagers in this practice. After the arrival of a French winemaker in 1997, it was discovered that the high quality grape variety turns out to be rose honey. This variety had unfortunately disappeared in France in 1866 due to a parasite of wood imported from America. Fortunately, the variety was introduced to Yunnan prior to the disaster. Until now, this has make this site valuable and unique.



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