February means it’s harvest time for many of Thailand’s wineries, especially up in the wine growing region Khao Yai. To celebrate this auspicious time, two of the region’s biggest wine producers are holding special wine festival events so that visitors can join in on the bacchanalian bounty.
GranMonte Vineyard & Winery is once again presenting their annual GranMonte Harvest Month, which takes place throughout February. The month-long event offers activities to all visiting families and wine lovers, with special Harvest Tour packages. The tour takes guests through the picturesque vineyard and gets them try their hands at wine grape harvesting. Afterwards, visitors learn a bit about tropical winemaking by the winery’s resident oenologist Nikki Lohitnavy (pictured, top left). Finally, a tasting of the vineyard’s premium wines, at GranMonte Cellar Door, concludes the excursion, but the tour package—priced at B950 net—also includes a special harvest-themed three-course set lunch or dinner at Vin Cotto, the winery’s on-site restaurant. The tours run daily, from 10am till 3pm (4pm on weekends), and reservations are highly recommended.
Of course, the big event in February at GranMonte is the Annual Harvest Festival which will be held this year on the 18th and 19th (Saturday and Sunday). The fun begins with a dinner party on Saturday evening, when revellers are treated to a sumptuous buffet, free flow of wine, and a mini-concert. Then the harvest and grape-picking competition begins on Sunday morning at 8am, and concludes with a delicious gourmet lunch. Admission for the two-day event is B5,400 net per adult. For more information, or to make your reservation, visit www.granmonte.com.
Another vineyard celebrating the harvest in grand style is PB Valley Estate, and this year their Harvest Festival 2017 coincides with the official grand opening of the PB Valley Flower Park. On Saturday, February 4th, the day long festival kicks off at 1pm, followed by a tour of the winery at 2:30pm, and a tour of the flower park at 3pm. After the grand ribbon cutting ceremony, the main activities—including a grape harvesting competition and a grape stomping competition—begin at 4pm. At 6:30pm a reception introducing PB’s wine maker Mr. Joolpeera Saitrakul gets underway, followed by a BBQ dinner buffet at 7pm, with live band accompaniment. The afternoon harvest activities on their own are B490 net (children aged 4 to 12 get a 50 percent discount), while the afternoon activities plus cocktail reception and dinner is priced at B2,000 net (children aged 4 to 12 get a 50 percent discount). For more information, or to make your reservation, visit www.khaoyaiwinery.com.
Meanwhile, closer to home, G Four Fine Wines invites wine aficionados to enjoy an evening of seductive wines and superb Italian fare at Luce restaurant, located on the 14th floor of the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn. Entitled the Amarone Classico Journey Night, the celebration begins at 7pm on Friday, February 3rd, as delightfully authentic Italian cuisine is paired with majestic Zenato wines, with the renowned Amarone Classico being one of many highlights of the night. In total, five distinctly different wines from Zenato have been specially selected to perfectly pair with the menu, and brand ambassador Francois Aviloff will act as guest speaker—explaining the subtleties of each vintage. The evening’s indulgence, which also includes a live jazz band, is priced at B1,490 net per person. For information and reservations call 02 210 8100 ext.7502, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.