Even if the wine is not the traditional historical visit to do in Thailand, it will surely please all wine lovers. Indeed the royal kingdom has been a pioneer in Asia in the production of grapes for wine since the 90s and the quality of the Thai wine has a lot improve these recent years due to the help of the specialists coming from the most famous wine producing countries. Today despite high taxes, Thailand offer wines able to compete with their Australian cousins you can find everywhere on the market. For a closer look at the Thailand’s wine industry, get out of Bangkok and take a wine tour in the best vineyards in Thailand.
Khao Yai national park – PB Valley Winery – GranMonte vineyard
The beautiful Khao Yai National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site is an ideal getaway surrounded by vineyards and beautiful landscapes.
PB Valley Winery
Open in 1989, by Dr. Piya Bhirombhakdi, lover of good food and great wines, PB Valley Winery was the first vineyard to open in Thailand on the micro climate of Khao Yai. 2 hours drive from Bangkok, the domain covers 400 hectares and is one of the biggest vineyards in the country. PB Valley today Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Durif, Dornfelder or Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot noir. An excellent restaurant opened there in 2006. The domain has won a fair number of international awards from AWC Vienna, Decanter Magazine UK, APEC Australia and the Thai Wine Challenge.
Asoke Valley – Khao Yai – GranMonte Vineyard & Winery
160 km northeast of Bangkok, GranMonte cover 16 hectares producing wine as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc and many other lesser-known varieties. The Heritage Syrah (red) and the Spring Chemin blanc (white) are the most renowned and have won many international prices since 2010
Phu Rua Valley – Chateau de Loei
Château de Loei at the Laos Border, 460 km north east of Bangkok, in the Phu Rua Valley started in 1995 and is today one of the pioneers of the Thai wine .com
The main grapes are for the production of the Chemin blanc and the syrah chosen because slightly sweet and going perfectly with the Thai food and also for dry wine as well as for dessert wine and champagne.The Red Wine Reserve Syrah is the flagship of the Château’s red wines, but the same grape variety is also used for the production of “Rosé.” The wines were elaborated under the guidance of two top wine growers, Dorham Mann an Australian and Vincent Carême de Vouvray, a French expert.
Samut Sakhon – Siam Winery
Founded in 1986 In Samut Sakhon by Chalerm Yoovidhya, 60 kilometers south of Bangkok, Siam Winery produces the award-winning Chatemp and Monsoon Valley wines. The bulk of its grapes come from the unique 10 000 hectares “floating vineyards” in the Chao Phraya Delta. Dry and light, the wine is a perfect match with the Thai food and became the most popular alcoholic beverage amongst women in Thailand.
Village Farm & Winery – Wang Nam Khiao
Village Farm & Winery is a family-run vineyard covering 13 hectares of soil similar to the Burgundy and Lombardy regions in Italy. The two main varieties of grapes cultivated there are the Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia and the Shiraz from the Jordan Valley in Israel. The domain aims to use traditional French winery techniques; the most famous of their wine labels is the Château des Brumes, a wine blending the two varieties above of grape, such as Château des Brumes Le Prestige and the Château des Brumes La Fleur.
Silverlake Vineyard – Pattaya
Founded in 2002, Silverlake Vineyard is a domain of 194 hectares located a few kilometers southeast of Pattaya City.The varieties of grape cultivated there are for the Shiraz and the Cabernet Sauvignon for red labels and Chenin Blanc for white labels.