Hello there, world! Today I have a great guest post on a very unique topic that I am not very familiar with: wine tours in Asia! Now I want to pack my bags! This post is written by Ian Pearson, a tech and photography enthusiast with a passion for writing and blogging.
One of the best ways to travel is to combine that pleasure with tasting excellent wine. Every wine connoisseur knows how to appreciate a good wine tour. When thinking of this beverage, a lot of people will instantly think of Europe, and places like Bordeaux in France or Tuscany in Italy.
But if you are looking for a truly unique wine tasting experience, maybe you should change the continent, and start thinking about Asian countries. In fact, there is a number of areas in Asia that are renowned for their wine production, and offer magnificent wine tours for you to experience.
According to the book of Deuteronomy, winemaking in Israel goes all the way back to biblical times. Today in Israel you can find hundreds of wineries, which come up with 10 million bottles a year. Viticulture in this area has seen its prosperity during the last two decades, with about 300 vineyards and wineries. The areas in Israel where wine production has flourished are the Shomron region, Galilee, the Samson region, the Negev desert region and the Judean Hills. The best wines that you can try out here are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Furthermore, wine types that are seeing growth are Syrah, Riesling, Muscat of Alexandria, Muscat Canelli, Gewurtztraminer, and Argaman.
When it comes to Southeast Asia, a lot of people will tell you that Thailand is one of the most promising regions for wine production. Most of it comes from an area called the Phurua Highlands of Khao Yai in Isaan. This area is also well-known due to its amazing wildlife. When it comes to climatic conditions, Khao Yai is similar to southern France, with much less rain than in the rest of the country. This makes it perfect for classic wine types. The first premium vintage was produced in 1998 by what is now a well-known winery called GranMonte Asoke Valley Winery. It has significantly grown since then, producing wine such as Tempranillo, Viognier, Syrah, Petit Syrah and Chenin Blanc. Only about 20% of the wine is exported, so you have to take a wine tour and try it out in Thailand.
According to archaeological research, it is believed that the Chinese have been making wine out of Chinese grapes since 7,000 BC. Various expeditions have found remains of alcoholic drinks like rice wine, grape wine and mead, dating thousands of years. Today, China is one of Asia’s most famous wine-making countries, with the most renowned areas being Beijing, Yibin in Sichuan, Taiyuan in Shanxi, Zhangjiakou in Yantai and Ningxia. The region that produces the most wine is called the Yantai-Penglai region. It has over 140 wineries, which come up with about 40% of wine that is produced in China.
Burma got into the business of wine-making not long ago. After a long time of importing wine from France, it has finally come up with its own marketable kind in 2010. Even with the fact that it entered the race later, it is now one of the most renowned wine-producing areas in the region. Near the famous Inle Lake in Shan State, there is an area called Red Mountain. Here, Red Mountain Estate makes wines that critics place on the same shelf as Europe’s Old World wines. The area has a cool climate that gives the grapes a very special aroma. The wines include Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat and Pinot Noir. Red Mountain has also quite developed as a tourist area, with amazing wine tours.
Vietnam is well-known by its wines with a French influence, and has its own developed wine industry. With a large number of fruits grown in the region, the wine market is divided into grape and fruit wines. The area that is renowned for its production of grape wine is the Dalat region. It’s located near the Nha Trang beaches, which is a location that has great conditions for growing grapes. The most famous wine produced in this area is Vang Dalat (Dalat red wine). It’s an affordable, table-variety wine, made out of a mix of fermented mulberry juice and red grapes. This area is also known by Chambourcin, Cardinal, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. It has 15 well-known wine producers, and comes up with two million liters a year. The best way to taste these wines is via Vietnam wine tours.
The Japanese have grown grapes for a very long time, but it was only during the Meiji restoration area that wine production has seen its growth. This was due to Japan adopting Western culture. Today, Japan’s most famous wine-producing region is Yamanashi Prefecture. It has a number of wineries and vineyards, and produces 40% of Japan’s wine. This includes its renowned wine called Tendo wine. Other regions include Shiga Prefecture which makes the Hitomi wine, Hokkaido which makes Tokachi wine, and Nagano Prefecture which makes Shinshu wine.
In the 4th millennium BC, Persia brought grapevines to India. This was the period of the Indus Valley civilization. It is believed that these early grape plantations were used to make grape juice instead of alcoholic drinks. Today, famous vineyards in the areas of Punjab, Deccan Plateau, Baramati, Tamil Nadu and Huderabad grow native grape types such as Sultana, Gulabi and Bangalore blue, as well as French types such as Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Zinfandel.
Asia is a great alternative to Europe when it comes to wine tours. You should visit at least one of these 7 countries, and taste their amazing wines, while enjoying everything that they have to offer for a tourist. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and be ready to enjoy yourself.