Sip wine as you watch the grapes grow in a latitude you never thought possible surrounded by the lush rolling hills of Hua Hin. Enjoy a long leisurely lunch with New Latitude Wines and tapas in an open-air Thai-inspired restaurant with sweeping views of the 200-acre vineyard.
Monsoon Valley Vineyard formerly Hua Hin Hills Vineyard is worth a visit if you are looking for things to do in Hua Hin. It’s open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. You can explore the vineyard on foot, by jeep or bicycle. You can taste wines at the bar or sit on the deck of Sala Wine Bar & Bistro for a long lunch with wine pairing sets.
What to do:
When you arrive at the vineyard you can take a stroll around the vines, take some pictures and work up an appetite before heading to the restaurant. They offer a short 15-minute tour of the vineyard. There are also elephant rides and feeding. You can hire a bicycle and roll around the vineyard. If you have plans elsewhere for lunch, head straight to the wine tasting bar where you can sample a set of three wines. For non-wine drinkers, they offer a delicious grape juice.
Wine tasting ฿290-
Wine pairing sets with food ฿690-
Elephant ride ฿300
Bottles retail ฿780-
Food and wine:
There’s a mix of western and Thai dishes. The menu ranges from lamb chops to pad Thai to smoked duck. There’s a delicious cheesecake for dessert or mango and sticky rice. For some people the portions are quite small, but this means that you’ll room for dessert and one more cheese platter.
The standard wine tasting includes three glasses of wine: Colombard, Shiraz Rose, Shiraz. The Colombard is sweet and punchy. The Shiraz Rose is light crisp and very drinkable. The Shiraz gets the most positive reviews. There’s also a sparkling you can try that goes perfectly with the afternoon golden light.
There’s Thai-style tapas with chicken skewers, spring rolls, money bags and spicy dipping sauces, which pair well with the Shiraz.
If you’re with a group or want to share, order the wine tasting set with some platters that come piled high with sliced meats, curled cheese, pickles and bread.
However, there are very limited vegetarian options, but on a positive note the wine is vegetarian.
In short: The view; the restaurant; the atmosphere.
This is a great place to visit with friends or family. They cater for groups but you can also have a lovely lunch for two. The restaurant architecture is very sculptural and is a work of art in itself. The view of the vineyard from Sala restaurant is calming, picturesque and bursting with green.
Best time to go:
To see the grapes is February to March before the harvest. Outside of harvest time is still worth a visit as the view is lovely and you can still enjoy lunch and wine tasting at the restaurant. The vines still have leaves and the mountains in the distance are beautiful. With or without grapes, you can still have an enjoyable time. In 2018 the Harvest Festival is in March.
พบกันเร็วๆนี้ กับ Harvest Festival ณ ไร่องุ่นมอนซูน แวลลีย์ ที่เปิดโอกาสให้ทุกคนร่วมสนุกสนานกับการเก็บเกี่ยวองุ่นประจำปี ตั้งแต่วันที่ 1-17 มีนาคม 2018 แล้วพบกันนะครับ Coming Soon! Monsoon Valley Harvest Festival during 1-17 March 2018 #monsoonvalley #monsoonvalleyvineyard #harvestfestival #winetime #winethai #recommendwine
Get a private car or a taxi to take you there and back. You can book it through your hotel.
There’s a 10:30 am & 3:00 pm shuttle that leaves from Villa Market. It’s 300 baht for the round trip .
Monsoon Valley Vineyard is about a 45-minute drive from the centre of Hua Hin.
On the way:
Before you go:
Reserve a table.
If mosquitoes like you, bring some repellent.
Keep in mind:
People can ride elephants around the vineyard and they are chained up.
If you decide to cycle around the vineyard, be careful of the dogs. We’ve heard they like chasing bikes.
The tour offers a very brief explanation and the English of some of the staff is limited.
Don’t pick the grapes – you’ll be “charged” 2000 baht.
Wine making takes place in Bangkok so you won’t be able to see this on the tour.
In a nutshell:
Skip the tour; walk around yourself; make a reservation; try to go on a weekday; there might be a language barrier so don’t expect a detailed and in depth explanation of the wines; it’s not cheap but the food is good and the ingredients are high quality; great views; good for families; February and March is the best time to see grapes hanging; even on rainy days it’s still a great place to visit.
Don’t expect the same experience you had in Napa or in Bordeaux; let yourself be pleasantly surprised by a winery this close to the equator.