September 08, 2020.
Tags: Hua hin
Did you know that there is a beautiful vineyard located just 35 kilometres from Hua Hin? Hua Hin Hills Vineyard has recently been renamed Monsoon Valley Vineyard. It’s nestled in a lush, country valley 35 kilometres due east of the beachside town of Hua Hin, and this vineyard is well worth a visit.
Hire a car and a driver for the day, or book a shuttle service with any table reservation or package deal at their Sala Wine Bar and Bistro. Taking a backseat is preferable to driving so that you can enjoy a session of delicious wine-tasting as part of the day’s activities.
Monsoon Valley is great for kids too. Once home to an elephant training facility, today, Monsoon Valley Vineyard has established an elephant sanctuary on the vast grounds of the vineyard that is sure to delight the younger members of your family.
Sansiri, a Thailand real estate development company, has established the Sansiri Backyard programme to nurture and encourage the development of sustainable cities for the future. Sansiri Backyard x Hua Hin was launched to include the community of Hua Hin in the Sansiri Backyard motto of “Green, Grow, Give.” Using this concept, the community co-grows organic fruits and vegetables on temporarily vacant land that is waiting to be developed. This makes good use of naturally arable land that would otherwise be underutilised. Through this farming process the community learns about sustainable cultivation methods and the value of organic farming. The produce is then shared among the community to encourage good nutrition and eating habits.
Hua Hin was just the latest city in Thailand to embrace the idea of utilising vacant land within a community for the betterment of the community, and the creation of a sustainable future for the country.
Like the Sansiri Backyard programme, Monsoon Valley Vineyard also promotes green gardening as well the preservation of biodiversity in Thailand. The vineyard grows organic fruits and vegetables on two gardens within the grounds that they use in their Sala Wine Bar & Bistro.They also carefully nurture the biodiversity of the forests and ponds surrounding the grounds, as well as adhering to a policy of sustainable farming. They fully embrace the concept of sustainable agriculture and know that they have a responsibility to act as stewards of the land.
As part of this commitment, the vineyard is active in a project to preserve the hornbills of Thailand. Old wine casks are cut open by the vineyard and hung in trees in the area to serve as nesting sites for these magnificent birds.
To reach Monson Valley from Hua Hin, simply take Route 3218 and head east toward the hills in the distance. When 3218 intersects with Route 3301, turn left on 3301 and drive until you see the signs for Monsoon Valley. Turn right and you’ll soon enter the valley. The vineyard is at the far end of the valley on gently rolling hills.
Take note, if you visit during monsoon season it doesn’t necessarily mean that it rains all day. If it’s sunny and clear in Hua Hin, it should be the same in Monsoon Valley, despite its name. But if you’re visiting during the monsoon season, you might want to bring an umbrella along. You should also wear comfortable shoes for walking, and pack some water and sunscreen, plus a fully charged phone or camera, because this Hua Hin Hills Vineyard is an incredibly picturesque spot.
Get an early start ahead of your trip to Monsoon Valley Vineyard, there’s lots to fit in! The vineyard is open from 9 AM to 6:30 PM most of the year, and from 9 AM to 8 PM during the high season of November to March.
The Monsoon Valley was chosen as home to the vineyard because it enjoys cooler temperatures from the breeze wafting in off the nearby Gulf of Thailand. The varieties of grapes used in winemaking thrive in cooler and drier temperatures like this. A day-long visit to the vineyard will be both fun and educational. It will also explain how the practice of growing grapes for wine has been adapted to Thailand’s tropical environment.
To get an overview of the vineyard and its operations, a guided tour aboard an open-air minibus is a good place to start. These tours run at: 9:30 AM, 10:45 AM, 1PM and 4 PM. The tour costs THB 100 and includes a complimentary drink. The guide will explain how the vineyard operates during the annual growing season and answer any questions you have about successfully growing grapes, and the varieties of grapes grown at Monsoon Valley Vineyard.
Another way to start your visit in the cooler morning temperatures, is to take a mountain bike tour around their 3 kilometre trail. For the more adventurous visitors, they also have a steeper, 4 kilometre trail for more experienced cyclists. You can take the 30-minute bike tour for THB 100 per person, and the longer 60-minute tour for THB 150 per person.
Your kids will likely be pestering you all morning to go and visit the elephants. The elephant sanctuary opens from 11 AM until 5 PM. Your kids will have a great time feeding and interacting with the peaceful elephants of the vineyard. You can watch them taking their daily baths at 11 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM and 4 PM. A visit to the elephant sanctuary costs THB 200 per person which includes a basket of fruit to feed to the grateful elephants.
You kids might also enjoy trying their hand at designing a wine label as a souvenir to take home. They can choose between a mock-up bottle or an actual bottle from Monsoon Valley Vineyard. The bottles are priced at THB 300 and THB 800, respectively, and come with an adhesive label as a canvas. The vineyard supplies the paints and brushes allowing your kids to demonstrate their talents at designing and painting wine labels.
The vineyard produces red, white and rosé table wines, as well as Colombard, Shiraz and White Shiraz Premium Wines. It also offers Chenin Blanc, Late Harvest and Muscat sweet wines that are typically served as dessert wines.
The vineyard offers a flagship tasting that allows you to taste their Cuvée de Siam Blanc and Rouge wines. The Grand Tasting Set includes samples of their Colombard, Cuvée de Siam Blanc, Cuvée de Siam Rouge, White Shiraz and Shiraz. All of their wine-tastings can be paired with a selection of tapas, or tasted alone.
The costs vary depending on the wines selected and whether they’re paired with tapas. The tastings start at THB 240 for the sweet wines and go up to THB 1,730 for the Grand Tasting Set with tapas included.
Spend an entire day touring the Monsoon Valley Vineyards as well as the wildlife in nearby Kuiburi National Park by boarding a Jeep and taking the Wine Safari. The morning includes a tour of the vineyards and a lesson in the winemaking process. After lunch, the Wine Safari will continue with a trip into the tropical wilds of Kuiburi National Park where you’ll be able to see herds of wild gaur and elephants, plus other jungle dwellers! The 8-hour safari costs THB 7,000 per person and includes beverages and snacks.
The Sala Wine Bar & Bistro offers an extensive menu with panoramic views over the vineyards and tropical valley. You can choose to sit outside on their multi-level veranda that offers the best view of the vineyards and surrounding countryside, or dine indoors in air-conditioned comfort.
The menu offers something for everyone. From international favourites including a variety of pastas, soups and burgers, to the beautifully prepared, wide range of fresh salads that feature the produce and ingredients of Thailand. You can also indulge in hearty main dishes like Coco lamb rack, seared white snapper with tomatoes and basil, or braised pork rib with a hot basil sauce.
You’ll be spoiled for choice with the selection of exquisitely prepared Thai food on the menu. Try the tangy Khao Soi Chiang Mai to experience one of the signature dishes of northern Thailand. And Phad Thai Goong Sod to take advantage of the fresh seafood of nearby Hua Hin.
Choose from a wine tasting and vineyard tour from just THB 1,700, or splurge on a wine tasting, vineyard tour and a choice of two, three-course meals offered at THB 1,990 or THB 2,300 per person. All of the packages include mineral water, a souvenir and round-trip shuttle service from Hua Hin.
Rental for the Holidays provides modern, spacious and comfortable accommodation in Hua Hin so you can enjoy a trip to a Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, as well as all the other attractions in and around this charming beachside community. Whether you’re planning an extended holiday or weekend getaway to Hua Hin, contact Rental for the Holidays to book the perfect apartment or condo for your needs.
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