Vietnam is a breathtaking South-East Asian country. It has immense natural beauty that can be seen in its mountains, paddy fields, long coastline and the beautiful landscapes throughout the country. Vietnam is also developing an incredible wine culture that is quickly becoming world renown. Vietnam winery tours are a great way to get to know this amazing country.
Vietnam really emerged on the world’s wine radar in 2000. Due to the year round warm climate and the fine vineyards in the south of the country, wineries can harvest up to three times a year. Some grape varieties can even produce fruit from their new cuttings within a year.
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The main viticulture region of Vietnam is in the Ninh Thuan province. This area is considered c a desert in the high humidity tropical country. The winery industry is centered in Dalat city. This area is known its temperate climate, which is ideal for making wine.
Here are some facts about Ninh Thuan:
Total acres planted: 3,200 hectares
Grape Output: 60,000 tons/year
The regional producers are now adding new French grape varieties, like Black Queen.
For visitors, the experience of tasting wine in this beautiful setting is truly sublime.
When you leave this “cactus land”, you can explore the wines that are local to the beautiful mountain city of Dalat. Enjoy wines made by some of the top local produces like DalatBeco, Ladofood and VinhTien wine in this city of one thousand flowers!
DRAGON FRUIT WINE
An exciting and truly unique wine in Vietnam is made from Dragon Fruit. This wine production is based in the Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan provinces. Fortunately for Dragon Fruit wine lovers, Vietnam is has the largest area under dragon fruit cultivation at over 250,000 hectares.
In the year of 2014, Thanh Long Co. Ltd produced and marketed 8,000 liters of red dragon wine. This new product quickly attracted the attention of domestic and foreign customers. The company recently planted 20 hectares of red dragon fruit for producing this type of wine. Now the winery can process 2 tons of dragon fruits per day with a capacity to produce 40,000 liters of red dragon wine per year.
How is Dragon fruit turned into wine?
- The fruit is peeled and made into pulp
- A centrifuge is used to separate the grain and liquid (Every 5 kg of dragon fruit produces 1 liquid liter)
- The liquid is allowed to ferment for 1 year
- This red liquid is mixed with additives, and then stored in cool rooms
- Finally, this liquid is incubated in tanks and it takes another year for it to be bottled and sold as table wine.
This type of wine has 12 % alcohol content with a mild aroma, and bright red color.
Surprisingly, the red dragon fruit shares a very similar chemical profile with the wine grape! According to the manufacturers, red dragon fruit may even be superior. They contain many vitamins and nutrients that are good for health. Red dragon fruits contain lycopene. This is a natural antioxidant that can inhibit cancer cells, help reduce heart diseases and has been found to be good for high blood pressure.
Myrtle wine has been popular in Vietnam for the last decade. This new wine industry was first developed in Phu Quoc in the year 2000. Phu Quoc is the largest island located in the south of the country. This island boasts deep green foliage and extensive natural beauty.
Myrtle is one of the plants grown on this lush and exotic island. Myrtle fruits are dark purple with a tart sweet taste and distinctive odor. They contain antoxyanozit pigments, tannins and sugar.
To make wine, manufacturers choose the fruits from spring because of their higher sugar content and because they are more nutritious. The fruits are washed, sugar added, and fermented in anaerobic environment for several months. Natural probiotics from the pods ferment the natural sugars from the fruit along with some added sugar. The product is red wine, spicy sweet and sour, similar to grape wine with a concentration range of 10 -14%.
In Vietnam, myrtle wine is valued for its health benefits and piquant taste. According to manufacturers, this wine is very good for the digestive system.
A wine tour vacation to Vietnam is an ideal opportunity for you to experience amazing new wines while exploring this beautiful and exotic country. You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy this type of vacation, and that’s what makes it so appealing. Our local tour guides ensure you develop a deep understanding of both the local wine and the Vietnamese culture.
This wine tour intertwines the wine lover’s taste with that of the travelers into one unique tour!
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