It’s harvest time this month at some of Thailand’s wineries and, in fact, they’re celebrating the harvest for the entire month at Monsoon Valley Vineyard (Formerly Hua Hin Hills Vineyard). The on-site viticulture team here is all set to offer visitors many interesting activities, including picking the freshly ripened grapes from the grapevines, a chance to do some actual grape stomping, and a special “from grape to glass” wine journey. There will also be live jazz from noon to 4pm every weekend this month, but the biggest highlight of all is the annual Harvest Dinner, which will be held on Saturday the 11th from 4pm to 9:30pm. This feast for the senses—priced at B3,500 net, limit of only 80 seats—will delight food and wine aficionados with a delicious 4-course dinner, paired with award-winning Monsoon Valley wines. In addition, for entertainment there will be Thai dancing and live music. To reserve your spot call 081 701 0222, or visit www.monsoonvalley.com.
If you find yourself in the Khao Yai area on Saturday, March 4th, Village Farm Winery—in Wang Nam Khieo—is holding their annual Harvest Festival. The program starts with a welcoming wine tasting in the vineyard at 5:30pm, accompanied by a string quartet performing classical music. At 7pm a grand dinner will be served, complemented with a selection of vintage wines. Then, at 8pm, the winemaker will lead a walk through the vineyard while a special “night harvest” takes place, and at 10pm there will be a special grape stomping ceremony (and some cheeses and desserts on the side). For more information, and/or reservations, call 081 877 3711 or visit www.chateaudesbrumes.com.
Closer to home, as part of the Italian Festival in Thailand 2017, the Embassy of Italy and Texica Wine importers present A Journey of Wine Professionals at the Anantara Siam Hotel. The event takes place over two days—March 31st and April 1st—and runs each day from 1pm to 5pm. The event is more than just a wine tasting. It will consist of two half-day workshops hosted by Mr. Luca Martini (voted World’s Best Sommelier 2013). The journey aims to teach budding wine professionals about tasting techniques, cellar management, wine presenting tips, food and wine pairings and, in general, the overall uniqueness of Italian wines. Participation fee is B15,000 per person. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 089 799 3499.
Finally, G Four Fine Wines celebrated the finale of the art show by Italian artist Sergio Voci, held at the Sathorn 11 Art Space, with a lovely wine dinner at About Eatery (Ocean Tower 2, Sukhumvit 21,a Soi 3). Guests enjoyed a menu overseen by Giulio Saverino—sommelier and owner of the restaurant—which showed off the talents of his new chef, Edoardo Bonavolta. To add to the pairing of art and wine, the bottles were outfitted with special labels designed by the artist himself.