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During our visit to Hua Hin, we decided to make it up the hills to experience the different side of Thailand through a vineyard. Yes! You might be surprise that Thailand has vineyards too and one of them is in Hua Hin. If you followed our itinerary, we rented a van to take us around Hua Hin so it’s not a problem to travel up to Hua Hin Hills too.
If you do not travel in a group via rented van, you could also visit Hua Hin Hills Vineyard by their shuttle service at THB 300 per person.
You can make your booking HERE
Hua Hin Hills Vineyard is built on a former elephant corral, a sublime place where wild Asian elephants were domesticated. The whole terrain, mostly comprises of loamy-sand and slate, this place about 40-210 meters above sea level is great for cultivation of grapes providing the seaside resort town of Hua Hin with its first boutique vineyard. Today, all visitors are welcome to explore New Latitude Wines at the Sala Wine Bar & Bistro as well as learning more about wines & grapes while touring around the vineyard.
We’ve been hearing so much about the New World & Old World Wines, but what about New Latitude Wines?
Like Thailand & India, located closer to the equator, the severe climate and much lower light intensity allow only a few grape varietals to be grown in Thailand whilst India, being upper North, can experiment with more different varietals since the light intensity is longer. It takes much more effort to get the fruit to set and ripe at the same time. Basically a New Latitude producer is doing everything twice in the vineyard due to the monsoon season & extreme dry weather, but harvesting only once, consequently twice the hardship.
You could also experience a guided tour through the vineyard & learn how vines grows in their tropical climate via a jeep tour. The complimentary tour happens everyday at 1pm and 4pm.
Our jeep tour guide 🙂
There are a total of about over 1,400 rai (560 acres) in this vineyard currently. The harvest month is between mid February to March, said the tour guide.
They have an inspiring range of grape varieties for palates excitation & that include Colombard, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and eating grapes. According to our vineyard tour guide, the Shiraz grape was grown as part of the Royal Research Project under His Majesty the King’s patronage at Huay Sai & bottled as “Bin 9 Royal Reserve Shiraz, 2005″.
Stopped halfway for pictures! 🙂
Like we said earlier, Hua Hin Hills Vineyard was previously an elephant corral, and actually previously they provide elephant ride tour! However, the elephant ride service is currently not available as they are working on a new contract till further notice.
After the jeep tour, we went back to The Sala for lunch. We were also served with their fresh grape juices! The Sala is an enchanting Thai-inspired pavilion that serves as a platform to provide information for visitors, a wine bar & bistro, retail shop, wine cellar, and a meeting facility. It is housed within is a trove of information on new latitude wines waiting to be explored. While dining and drinking on the Sala, one can enjoy the scenic views of the vineyard too, offering visitors a soothing and enlightening experience!
At their retail shop, we manage to buy some souvenirs back. This include their hand-made products from grape, which have been delicately handled to preserve the vitamins and antioxidants such as a package of juices, jams, essence & grape seed oil!
During lunch time, we chose over the wine pairing menu as we get to try some of their well-known wines as well as pairing it with tapas 🙂 Definitely a great experience. Having wine and tapas by the balcony overlooking the vineyard…
Wine Pairing with Tapas
Grand Tasting Set – THB 1730 (RM176)
- Monsoon Valley Colombard with Chilled Crab Meat Apple Timbale
- Monsoon Valley Curvee de Siam Blanc with Foie Gras Terrine
- Monsoon Valley White Shiraz with Lobster with Frozen Red Curry
- Monsoon Valley Shiraz with Smoked Duck Breast
- Monsoon Valley Curvee de Siam Rouge with Cocoa Lamb Chop
**Pouring size is 75ml
Lousy drinker flushed fast LOL
Open from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Kitchen serves food from 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Hua Hin Hills Vineyard
1 Moo 9, Baan Khork Chang Patana,
Nong Plup, Hua Hin,
Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110 Thailand
Cell: +66 (0)81 701 0222 Tel: +66 (0) 81 701 0444
Opening hours: Daily from 8.30 am – 6.30 pm