Bhutan wine production began in the 1990s with the introduction of experimental plantings of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Gamay, Mondeuse, and Altesse near Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. Australian wine company Taltarni provided technical assistance. Around 7,000 vines were planted in the beginning.
- Jancis Robinson, The Oxford Companion to Wine, 3rd ed. 2006