The Guinness Book of World Records has declared a vineyard in Tibet to be the highest in the world, beating even vines planted in foothills of the Andes in Argentina.
Officially, the world’s highest vineyard is the ‘Pure Land & Super-High Altitude Vineyard’ in Cai Na Xiang, Qushui County of Lhasa, Tibet, and stands at 3563.31m above sea level.
This makes it the highest vineyard in the world, as confirmed by Guinness World Records adjudicator, Iris Hou, on 27 September, a release stated.
The site is reported to be owned by Rong Shun Biotechnology Development Ltd, who planted almost 67 hectares of Vidal, Muscat and the indigenous Bei Bing Hong in 2012, according to Decanter China.
Other contenders to the title had included the Altura Maxima vineyard in Argentina’s Salta province, owned by Bodegas Colomé, which is commonly regarded as the world’s highest vineyard.
However this adjudication puts paid to that claim, with Colomé standing at 3,111m – some 450m below Pure Land & Super High.