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WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 33917 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2015-03-14 07:05:09 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-03-14 07:05:09 [post_content] => TRAVELERS have long been flocking to Asia and explore the continent, partly because there’s so much to see. From vast countries such as China and India to island nations like the Philippines, you could spend a lifetime travelling around this region, taking in its beauty. That said, of all the things that come to mind when you think of Asia, wine is not one of them. Perhaps it should be though. Wine consumption is on the rise in Asia and accordingly there are a number of new vineyards, many of which are producing excellent wines. In turn, this has had an impact on the tourist industry, with travelers, wine-lovers and foodies queuing up to sample the new developments for themselves. If you needed any more excuses to take the trip of the lifetime, then read on… [caption id="attachment_33919" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Enjoying wine in Asia. Image via kudumomo, FlickrCC. Enjoying wine in Asia. Image via kudumomo, FlickrCC.[/caption] China taking on the champions Although the per capita consumption of wine in China still falls some way below that of France, there’s no doubt that Chinese wine is increasingly well thought of by those in the know. If you go with a red rather than a white, you’ll find that certain local and modern labels give their more established counterparts in Australia, Chile and Argentina a good run for their money. With a visit to Weihai, you can take in the springs of Jinan, the Shandong section of the Great Wall and an unforgettable wine experience all in one. Vineyards, Vietnam and sparkling wines If you know your history, it shouldn’t be any surprise to discover that some of the best Asian wines are currently being produced in Vietnam. A tour of the capital, Ho Chi Minh, and its local shops will offer a revealing insight into how much work is being carried out in many of the country’s newly established vineyards. If you enjoy sparkling wines and have a taste for Dom Perignon champagne, meanwhile, you’ll be reassured to know that a trip to Dalat in the southeast of the country will provide you with an opportunity to sample some local sparkling wine. [caption id="attachment_33920" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Wine production in Thailand. Wine production in Thailand.[/caption] Thailand trying the grape Although the locally produced rum is still the drink of choice for the masses, Thailand is slowly but surely developing a taste for wine. Wine production first began in Thailand in the 1960s, and although there’s still a degree of experimentation taking place, the country is beginning to carve out something of a global reputation. The dry reds, made from a blend of Pok Dum, Syrah and Muscat grapes can be a particularly good accompaniment to Thai cuisine; and the whites are no slouch either. For a tour of a vineyard, tryKhao Yai National Park, about 100km north of the country’s capital Bangkok. If your curiosity is piqued, don’t hesitate to dive in and try something new. Just remember that Asian wines are no longer a novelty item: it’s a growing industry and some of them are serious contenders. [post_title] => Wine tasting and travel in Asia [post_excerpt] => TRAVELERS have long been flocking to Asia and explore the continent, partly because there’s so much to see. From vast countries such as China and India to island nations like the Philippines, you could spend a lifetime travelling around this region, taking in its beauty. That said, of all the things that come to mind when you think of Asia, wine is not one of them. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => wine-tasting-and-travel-in-asia [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-03-16 03:40:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-03-16 03:40:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=33917 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

Wine tasting and travel in Asia

Wine tasting and travel in Asia
March 14, 2015 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

TRAVELERS have long been flocking to Asia and explore the continent, partly because there’s so much to see. From vast countries such as China and India to island nations like the Philippines, you could spend a lifetime travelling around this region, taking in its beauty. That said, of all the things that come to mind when you think of Asia, wine is not one of them.

The Weekend Warrior’s guide to… Siem Reap

The Weekend Warrior’s guide to… Siem Reap
August 14, 2014 - 0 Comments - Ben Cowles

WITH the city’s innumerable temples, overeager moto drivers, unofficial tour guides, flocks of one-dollar kids, and absurd humidity, 48 hours in Siem Reap can be a rather beguiling experience for the unprepared. This weekend warrior’s guide will set you straight.

Northern Thailand’s coffee revolution

Northern Thailand’s coffee revolution
October 14, 2013 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

WHEN people think of where the world’s best coffee comes from, Thailand doesn’t rank very high. For all the great things Thailand is known for – spicy curries, pad Thai, exotic beaches, elephants – coffee isn’t usually one of them. In fact, 10 years ago it was a struggle to find a cup of real…>

Thailand: Exciting wine lists, better drinking

Thailand: Exciting wine lists, better drinking
August 27, 2013 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

By Peter Scudamore-Smith AS the Thai hospitality industry enters the second year of the  Wine List of the Year competition, a review of the first year traces some interesting outcomes. Famed as one of the most penalising countries of Asia in its beverage taxation, it was time to raise the quality bar at restaurants and…>

Getting your drink on in Thailand – a guide

Getting your drink on in Thailand – a guide
August 20, 2013 - 1 Comments - Casey Hynes

THAILAND is practically synonymous with hard partying, so, as one would expect, there are a number of substances to imbibe on a big night out. Or just your average Tuesday, really. It’s not uncommon to drop into a restaurant for a late breakfast and spot fellow customers sipping a cold one before the clock has…>

Getting your drink on in Korea – a guide

Getting your drink on in Korea – a guide
July 23, 2013 - 2 Comments - Ben Cowles

YOU might not think of Korea as a nation of drinkers but they sure do love their alcohol. Not only does the nation have a lot of different alcohols, but when they’re out on the town, they revel in mixing them together. Honestly, you’ve no idea how far down the warren the rabbit can stumble.…>

10 crisp Asian beers to help beat the tropical heat

10 crisp Asian beers to help beat the tropical heat
May 21, 2013 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

ASIANS are good beer drinkers and Kingfishers, Tigers, Bintangs and various hop concoctions can be found across the region. While Europeans still consume more beer on average, the surge in popularity and production of beers in Asia is notable. Most of these are light, crisp beers that are perfect for the tropics and for some…>

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