LOS ANGELES, May 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bhutan Wine Company (BWC) made international news headlines when it planted the first vineyards in the Kingdom of Bhutan. After years of research, analysis and planning, the BWC worked with Sunridge Nurseries in California and governmental officials, local business leaders and other key stakeholders in Bhutan to identify and plant the first five vineyards in the country, widely believed to be the last completely untapped viable wine region in the world. The five initial vineyards were planted with nine international varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Petit Manseng.
The Kingdom of Bhutan, nestled in the Himalayas, is also commonly referred to as the last Shangri-La, with its stunningly beautiful landscape of vast mountain peaks, deep valleys, and glacial rivers and lakes. This unique country was isolated from much of the modern world until the 1970s, and today is an inspiration and role model for the world for its environmental policies. The only carbon-negative country in the world, and on track to be the world's first 100% organic country, Bhutan produces some of the world's best crops in verticals like cardamom, mandarin oranges, and red rice.
Bhutan has a wide range of altitudes, from 300 feet up to Gangkhar Puensum, which at 24,820 feet is the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. Temperatures range from tropical in the south to temperate and colder in the north.
About the Bhutan Wine Company
The BWC is an early stage company, focused on developing the fine wine industry in Bhutan to celebrate the beauty and magic of the country's land, people, and culture across the globe. The company's mission is to work with the country to determine which varieties will grow best in the myriad of microclimates available, develop vineyards throughout the country, build winemaking facilities and produce fine organically-farmed wine destined for export markets, showcasing Brand Bhutan throughout the world. The BWC also intends to perform significant knowledge transfer to Bhutan, helping it add viticulture to its arsenal of agriculture expertise.
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SOURCE Bhutan Wine Company