[HD video below] When compared to places such as Europe, wine in
Thailand is quite expensive, which is just one of many reasons that whisky
drinking is as popular as it is. A litre of Black label for
example, costs as much as a mediocre bottle of imported wine, and
local branded whisky is considerably cheaper again.
In recent years however, a few vineyards have
opened in Thailand with a mission, they say, to educate the local
population to the benefits of drinking wine. Of course with wine
being a luxury produce, there is also considerable profit to be
made, and while some of the wine produced in Loei, Khao Yai and
Hua Hin is really very good, there is at times surprisingly little
price difference between some of the locally produced premium
wines and those imported.
These vineyards have now also become tourist
attractions, with some offering wine tastings, tours of the
production facilities, the vineyards, education about the grapes
used and even accommodation in some cases.
In Hua Hin, which is better known for the beach
and pineapple production than vineyards, the Hua Hin Hills
Vineyard & Wine Cellar is an increasingly popular stop for tourists who would
like to experience Thai wine for themselves. While the food and
wine tasting is a rather simple affair, with little education in
terms of nose, glasses, grapes and vintage, it is still a fun day
out and definitely worthwhile if you are tired of the beach and
want to see a little more of Hua Hin, and the rolling hills between
the coast and Burma.
On 22 August 2010, ASIA Travel Tips.com had the
opportunity to speak with Hanna Oberauer who is the Wine &
Vineyard Project Advisor at the Hua Hin Hills Vineyard & Wine
Cellar. Listen to what she has to say about what visitors can
expect, how they can get there, some of the costs involved, what
types of wine they produce and the best times to visit.
HD Video from Hua Hin Hills Vineyard & Wine Cellar