Which countries’ wine do you consider the best?
Today we travel to Khao Yai, which is the destination you can drive by car from Bangkok to chill for a few days. Wine in Thailand is not the most popular drink but more and more people becoming into it and because of that we started to have more and more wineries around. Thai people like to come to hang out for the whole day and we decided to check and explore GranMonte Winery.
Let’s see what you can do at GranMonte Vineyard for 1 day.
Let’s start with a vineyard tour, where you can learn how to grow grapes. There were many different grape varieties during our excursion around plantations. GranMonte Winery gives a lot of attention to each grape type. The guide was telling us all the facts about different grapes but it was way too much information that would be interesting for the professional winemakers rather than usual guests like us.
After that, we went to see how wine is produced as well as learning about packing, labeling, and storing. We had a few stops to take photos and after we went to have a wine tasting.
Altogether we tried four wines, you can find more information below:
2019 Gradient Verdelho
Displays an aromatic, tropical, and flinty nose with guava, passionfruit and gooseberry on the palate. The snappy and refreshing finish makes this wine best served chilled.
2018 Salkuna Rose
Gold: AWC Vienna 2018 Silver: FBAT 2018 & HIKIWSC 2018
Lively and refreshing with a confectionery nose of strawberries, raspberries, fresh pineapple, and nuance of cream. A touch of natural sweetness. Refreshing acidity and long lingering finish.
2017 Heritage Syrah Viognier
Silver: FBAT International Wine Challenge 2018
Co-fermentation of ninety-five percent Syrah and five percent Viognier. The nose of blackcurrant, rose petals, and earth, with a lift of black pepper. Firm tannins freshness, integrated mocha oak, and a long juicy finish.
2018 Gradient Syrah
A lively nose of cherry, raspberry jam, menthol, and fresh herbs. This wine is juicy, playful with plenty of red fruits and earth on the palate with a mocha-like oak nuance. From a very limited production, a true collector’s item
We know Thai wines are not famous and even local people always joke, that Thailand has no good wine but we were surprised by taste and quality.
After wine tasting, we walked next door to have lunch at Vin Cotto Restaurant. This restaurant is part of the GranMonte Winery, where you can have more wine and chose food from a huge menu.
For starter, we choose Prawn & Calamari Fritti, followed by Seafood Pizza, Smoked-Duck Salad, and Burrata with Tomatoes & Pesto.
Our main dishes were Salmon fillet with fresh tomato and basil as well as Braised Pork Chops with prunes and apricots. The food was okay but it feels like it may better for the price. However, we still had a good time and definitely recommend checking the place out.
How to get there
GranMonte Winery Khao Yai is located at Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province. Take a path from Friendship Road Heading towards Pak Chong – Muak Lek, when you see the sign of Dairy Home, you should turn left. Drive straight for about 12 kilometers and you will reach the farm.
📍 Location: https://g.page/granmonte?share
🏠 Address: 52 MOO 9, Payayen Pansuk-Kudkla Street, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30320
🕒 Hours: 8:00-20:00
☎️ Phone: 092 806 7755
💲 Admission: THB 450 per adult and THB 350 per child under 20 years