Chinese Shuttle Stows Vines in Hopes of Finding Perfect ‘Space Wine’

On September 15, China sent a bundle of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir vines into space with the hopes of forming stronger, more resilient vines.

The cosmic wine, or space wine, experiment commenced with the liftoff of Tiangong-2 lab from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. As reported by Decanter China, the brand new space palace lab will experiment with the vines by introducing them to harsher, colder climates so that they might mutate into tougher plans themselves. The vines will also be exposed to space radiation to trigger a genetic mutation.

Wine culture is growing rapidly in China, especially due to its widening young professional group’s interest. Scientists hope that the mutated vines will translate into creating huge, resilient vineyards in the colder, harsher climates within China to bolster the emerging wine regions of the country.