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3 surprising wine destinations you can visit around Asia

·3-min read

by Jaclynn Seah and Stephanie Zheng

Wine lovers looking to indulge in a little getaway exploring vineyards and sipping fine wines will often look to traditional ‘Old World’ countries like France, Spain and Italy, with a long-established history of wine production. Others may also turn to well-known wine regions in the United States, Australia and New Zealand for a tipple. But did you know that tropical South East Asia has some secret spots that wine-lovers can check out? Here are some of our favourites:

Hua Hin, Thailand

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Beautiful landscape view on the vineyards of the Hua Hin in spring in Thailand.
Beautiful landscape view on the vineyards of the Hua Hin, Thailand, during Spring. (Photo: Gettyimages)

Wine would probably be the last thing one would associate with quiet Hua Hin, an area known for its tranquillity and beautiful beaches, but in nearby Baan Khork Chang you can find the Monsoon Valley vineyard serving up what they term ‘New Latitude Wines’ grown in tropical climates. While you sip your wines on the terrace overlooking the vineyard, keep your eyes peeled for the occasional elephant wandering around – this valley used to be a former elephant corral, and they still have some elephants on site that you can feed.

Wine lovers can also head to traditionally cooler climates in Thailand further up north, like PB Valley Khao Yai Winery or Granmonte in Asoke Valley.

Bali, Indonesia

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Shot of an Indonesian couple enjoying white wine to celebrate their anniversary while having a staycation in a holiday villa. They are having a wine toast at an outdoor terrace with beautiful mountain scenery behind them.
Wine in Bali to this view? Yes please! (Photo: Gettyimages)

Visitors typically come to Bali for a round of sun, sand and sea, but wine lovers who make the journey up in the hills of the Bali’s northern region can enjoy a tipple at Hatten Wines located between the villages of Seririt and Pemuteran. Extending over 45 hectares, most come here to tour this Proudly Balinese vineyard, but many more come to sample and purchase some award-winning wine, a product of over 20 years of extensive experimenting and hard work.

Look out for Hatten Wines when picking a bottle on your next dining adventure in Bali as they are stocked in many restaurants and shops around the island. Another local wine brand to check out is Sababay Winery.

Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan

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This grape is a variety called Kyoho. Born in 1942.
It is mostly grown in Yamanashi and Nagano prefectures in Japan.
It was born by crossing the cultivar 'Ishihara Wase' and the European 'Centennial'. Large grains and very sweet. The weight of one grain is about 10-12g. A large bunch weighs about 600g. The sugar content is about 18 to 20 degrees.
Ever had Kyoho grapes? Now imagine how the wines will taste like! (Photo: Gettyimages)

If Japan's excellence in agriculture is any indication, there are treasures to unearth in their wine scene. sake, biru and highballs, consider checking wine off the list in Japan, specifically from the many wineries around the base of Mount Fuji. One of the Japanese wine industry pioneers is Château Mercian, established in 1970 and awarded “Winery of the Year” at the 2016 Asian Wine Review.

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