Why Thailand is the wine destination you never knew existed

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Tamara Hinson

0. 3 wineries you should visit in Thailand

Got the taste for some Thai wine? We've picked the top places across the country to try it:

1. Monsoon Valley

Monsoon Valley's sprawling Hua Hin vineyard can be explored by jeep or by bike. There's a shop and a restaurant, and a wide range of activities for wine lovers, including bottle-painting sessions, wine tastings and wine safaris. The tours include the nearby Kuiburi National Park, as well as of the vineyard.

2. PB Valley Khao Yai Winery

This 1000-acre vineyard, perched on a hill next to Khao Yai National Park, was founded in 1989 by Thai businessman Dr Piya Bhirombhakdi. It produces eight wines, including a rosé and sauvignon blancs, several of which have been served at official functions attended by the Thai royal family.

At the helm is Prayut Piangbunta, the country's first Thai winemaker. For this reason, Khao Yai is seen as the birthplace of new latitude wines. There are daily tours of the vineyard, which includes a restaurant and shop.

3. Silverlake

Silverlake's vineyard can be found in Pattaya – a region more associated with full moon parties and backpackers than fine wine. Founded in 2002 by Surachai Tangjaitrong and Supansa Nuangpirom, this vineyard is known for its hi-tech machinery (imported from Italy) and has been credited with promoting Thailand as a top new latitude wine region.

Tangjaitrong and Nuangpirom are both keen music lovers, and the Silverlake music festival, held on the estate every year, is now one of Thailand's most popular music events. There are daily tours of the vineyard, which offers overnight accommodation, and there's also a restaurant, café and shop.

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