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Despite all the spectacular beaches, the vibrant culture, and amazing cuisine that Thailand is famous for, you may be surprised to know that it is not the top destination for wine lovers.

Yet this Southeast Asian gem is catching on among wine enthusiasts worldwide for its expanding wine industry. Amazingly, Thailand has been quietly growing grapes and making good wines for a long time, offering an experience like no other to those who are looking for new adventures in oenology.

Why Thailand Considered as the Wine Destination

While still being relatively young compared to traditional wine-making regions like France or Italy, Thailand’s rapid growth and innovation are impressive. With its tropical climate and rich terroir, Thailand provides an ideal setting for grape cultivation especially in areas such as Khao Yai and Hua Hin.

In recent times, Thai winemakers have been experimenting with different grape varieties such as Chenin Blanc, Shiraz and Sangiovese in order to create wines that will showcase the country’s unique terroir. The result? Award-winning wines that are increasingly making their mark on the global stage.

Rising Recognition on the Global Stage

The Thai wine industry has been receiving more recognition from both experts and critics in the world of wine. In 2018 Monsoon Valley Vineyard which is situated in the picturesque region of Khao Yai won prestigious awards at Decanter Asia Wine Awards thus cementing Thailand’s place as a major player in the world of wine. Alongside Thai wines, other alcoholic beverages like Greek beer have also been making waves on the global stage.

Based on current data, Thailand’s wine production is steadily increasing with export volumes recording new highs every year. In 2023 over 1.2 million liters of Thai wines were exported showcasing the rising demand for Thai wines in international markets.

The Unique Appeal of Thai Wines

One of the most fascinating features about Thai wines is their unique flavor profile which is influenced by the country’s climate, soil and wine-making techniques. Thai wines are popular for their forward fruit aroma notes with bright acidity and subtle hints of tropical fruits making them refreshing and very versatile choices for all kinds of wine lovers.

Furthermore, the wine regions of Thailand offer their visitors stunning landscapes and unique experiences. From vineyard tours and tastings to wine pairing dinners on the top of luscious vineyards, you can explore Thailand’s wine country with all your senses.

Tips for Exploring Thailand’s Wine Scene

If you are an enthusiast looking forward to getting acquainted with the fast-growing Thai wine culture, here are five ways to make your trip more interesting:

Visit Khao Yai: It is Thailand’s premium wine region where award-winning wineries like Monsoon Valley Vineyard and GranMonte Vineyard & Winery are located.

Try Local Varietals: Discover new tastes by trying local Thai varietals like Malaga Blanc and Pokdum which do well in the tropical climate of this country.

Pair with Thai Cuisine: You will have a perfect experience of mixing Thai tastes with local wines at wine-pairing dinners in vineyard restaurants.

Attend Wine Festivals: Have fun at traditional wine festivals such as Hua Hin Wine Festival where you can taste a wide range of Thai wines and socialize with fellow wine lovers.

Explore Wine Trails: Explore scenic wine trails in regions like Hua Hin and Chiang Rai by cycling through vineyards or enjoying beautiful landscapes.


Although not so popular among many travellers, Thailand is gradually becoming a destination for people who appreciate fine wines. With its great award-winning wines, breath-taking landscapes covered with vineyards and warm hospitality, you are guaranteed a memorable experience. Why not take this opportunity to raise your glass to Thailand and acknowledge its development into one of the best kept secrets when it comes to being a fantastic place for wine?

By adding these tips to your travel plans, you will get closer to an amazing experience that will leave long-lasting memories as part of your journey in the land of Thai wines. Cheers!

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