1st Jan 2022 / New Year, New Day & New Place to celebrate. I drove a motorbike from Hua Hin to Monsoon Vineyard (approx 35 KM) for lunch and a walk around.
MONSOON VALLEY VINEYARD
1 Moo 9 Baankhok Chang Patana NongPlup HuaHin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan,Thailand 77110
Lunch at Monsoon Valley Vineyard
About Monsoon Valley Vineyard :
Monsoon Valley was founded in 2001 by Chalerm Yoovidhya, a wine-loving entrepreneur with a vision to create a Thai wine culture. Upon returning from his studies abroad, Chalerm saw potential in growing grapes in his beloved native Thailand and set out to show the world that great wines can be crafted even at the 13th latitude of the northern hemisphere.
His first vineyard was at Tab Kwang, in beautiful Khao Yai, a region known as the ‘traditional’ grape-growing region of Thailand. Surrounded by national parks and jungle, the choice for this area was perfect as the fertile red soil and convenient climate conditions created the best platform for making opulent and rich Shiraz. After initial success in Tab Kwang, he explored other areas of Thailand that would give birth to great wines.
The grapes for Monsoon Valley Wines are grown in 3 locations: Monsoon Valley Vineyard at Hua Hin, Tab Kwang Vineyard and Chiang Mai Vineyard. Hua Hin Hills, the largest of the three, spans over 700 Rai (about 110 Hectare) of uncultivated land which will never be used for farming purposes and serve as a retreat for the local wildlife. Only rain water is what is used to keep the grapevines growing. During the rain-season, water gets collected in several ponds to irrigate the plants during the dry-season.
The ponds are also home to various fish and lobsters. As in all of Thailand, the nature around the vineyards is very lively. Animals who call the vineyards and its surroundings home are rabbits, different kinds of snakes, monkeys, various lizards and wild chickens. Apart from growing grapes, all 3 vineyards have other farming projects going on. Chiang Mai Vineyard also conducts some rice fields; Tab Kwang Vineyard has several kinds of poultry such as chicken, peacocks, bantams and turkeys.
Monsoon Valley Vineyard has two vegetable gardens to provide ingredients to the local restaurant, The Sala Wine Bar & Bistro, as well as several wild boars who feed on the leftovers of the restaurant. Furthermore many local and foreign trees and plants can be spotted in Monsoon Valley Vineyard, including banana, mango, papaya, olives, coffee, raspberries, baobab, roses, mulberry and various Thai and Italian herbs. Monsoon Valley Vineyard also participates in a project to preserve Hornbills. As part of this project, old wooden wine-barrels get modified and hung up high into trees to provide nesting sites for the birds. These barrels can not only be found in Monsoon Valley Vineyard but in several locations throughout Thailand.