by Jane Bill
As more millennials and Gen Z want to learn more about the thriving world of wine, there’s never been a better time to discover the tropical wine region of Southeast Asia. From Indonesia to the Philippines, to the world-class wineries at Myanmar — we’ll discuss some of the must-visit vineyards in Southeast Asia.
Monsoon Valley, Thailand
The Hua Hin Hills Vineyard is a hidden gem tucked away in what used to be an elephant corral, just a short drive away from Bangkok. The main draw of this popular vineyard is its unique viticulture that uses elephants in the cultivation process. The Wine Safari is a great way to experience the vineyard and includes a safari tour, a three-course meal, and the full wine tasting experience. If it’s harvest season, there’s a grand party that anyone can join, featuring delicious Thai dishes paired with local wine. Guests can also choose to have lunch with a view at The Sala, which includes delicious Thai cuisine with a European flair.
Twin Lakes, Philippines
In a country known for its sparkling beaches and vibrant festivals, Twin Lakes is an emerging vineyard destination perfect for a wine getaway. Located close to the breathtaking Taal Volcano, Twin Lakes is the Philippines first vineyard resort community and features ten sprawling hectares of land, specifically for vineyards and chateaus. The developers are calling it the Philippines’ own Napa Valley, with high-quality local wine approved by top winemakers from Spain. Plus, visitors can enjoy its expansive nature parks and forest reserves after a relaxing day at the spa or a trip through its numerous shopping centers.
Hatten Wines, Indonesia
Located in picturesque Bali, Hatten Wines has been operating since 1994 when it was started by a local family. The local winery prides itself in producing grapes for rosé as a way to boost tourism efforts and create perfect pairings with the local authentic flavors of the city. Visitors can indulge in Hatten’s specialty wine any time of the year, as the tropical climate allows for a continuous harvest. After a relaxing day of sipping wine at Hatten Wines’ gorgeous beaches, visitors can enjoy wine classes, tastings, and a visit to their exclusive boutique featuring their line of wine-based accessories.
Just a few hours away from the capital of the Shan State in Myanmar is a world-class vineyard that encourages visitors to relax and unwind in its gorgeous facilities. Aythaya is famous for its white wines, which are harvested from grapes grown at an altitude of 1,200 meters. The vineyard destination also boasts unique floating bungalows that overlook the stunning vineyard, to accommodate guests who come for wine tours and tastings. The Sunset WineGarden Restaurant offers an array of ingredient-driven dishes including local curries, classic European dishes, and of course, a wine to pair perfectly with the meal. Finally, visitors who choose to stay overnight are welcome to do so at The Lodge, which is a beautifully decorated bungalow that overlooks the vineyard. From tasting the best of Western-style wines to enjoying the region’s signature cuisine, this serene and private location is ideal for a romantic getaway.
About Jane Bill: Jane Bill is a keen traveler and a wine buff. He has been traveling across Europe and Asia for the last 7 years, working part-time in hostels while trying to learn something new about the world every single day.