two down, one to go – our weekend breaks wineries of the Thailand has been a resounding success so far. After our first day to the first vineyards of Khao Yai and the Thailand one and only winery helmed by a woman, we were delighted to see what would our third and final stage of the weekend in store.
after a homemade breakfast group our Airbnb, we took the road for Alcidini Winery, a small, family and organic vineyard an hour East of the Valley of the PB and GranMonte. We ooh – ed and ahh – ed that we have shot to the top of the road that winds Alcidini, soak up the idyllic setting.
piles out of the car, we were greeted by a herd of goats freshly bathed and obscene-adorable family, who have been hanging out next to a fence, while they have dried in the air.
in contrast to the other wineries we visited, there was no visit to the vineyard of forty hectares. However, we were free to search the Immaculate vineyards on our own. Wine grapes are taking place about half the planting area, with table grapes and an other favorites – lawyers! -take the rest.
inside, we were given a private wine tasting and talk about son prodigal family Alcidini, Tony, who was also the family winemaker. The entire facility was led by Tony and his parents, as well as 10 farmers who help harvest. In addition, goats, it turns out that they just sit autour and cute, they actively help clear vineyards of weeds!
, whereas Alcidini uses proudly without pesticides and chemicals, Tony explained that they need a buffer of 2km around the plantations in order to be “certified organic”, and with such a small plot that they cannot afford to give the area a lot. Yet, remain dedicated to sustainable and organic agriculture is equivalent to Alcidini.
without a tower attached to the tasting, this was our brief stop, however this was perhaps our most informative.
Tony studied at San Francisco (there is a mini Golden Gate Bridge on the property!) and spoke perfect English and was therefore in a position to learn a lot about the wines we were tasting and unique struggles and joys of running a vineyard in Thailand.
, we loved the offerings at Alcidini and all went home with treats – including not only wine but also the special organic raisins spicy made by your MOM. After, rather than jumping immediately into the van, we took some time to explore the beautiful grounds! With a bit of wine in us, we have been happy to wander around and entertain us a little.
after a goodbye Kiss to our new favorite goats, we were back on the road.
, we got only one stop before us. On my previous trip through the Khao Yai region to visit Khao Yai National Park, I noticed something that made me rub my eyes and I was wondering if I could see things: a castle.
Yes, a castle. Khao Yai is one of the most popular domestic tourist destinations in the country and the region is packed with full of faux-European homes, shopping centers, restaurants and even a mini tower of Pisa. It’s high society Bangkokians to go for a weekend in Italy without having to put on a plan – and where expatriates from Koh Tao to eat wine and wear fancy clothes.
Green midwinter was the last stop for our lovely weekend. Although we were disappointed that the wide selection of wines included only one or two options of Khao Yai (where is local pride, middle of winter green?), we could not ask for a menu greater, more beautiful vista or most beautiful frame with a toast to our weekend.
as usual with our crew, things are more than a little ridiculous.
and with this, we were in the big city! What had started as a short and sweet weekend discreet wine morphing into something a little more and so stay tuned for coverage of our ongoing adventures in Bangkok and beyond. But alas, the first chapter was over.
Although it could be brief, these two days, made up of one of my favorite trips I’ve ever taken in Thailand. Part of it was the amazing crew that we had gathered, with whom I could have fun in a parking lot, but a big part of it was the thrill of planning a trip really shifted in such a country beat.
actually, this trip has really an obsession for me to visit all the wineries of the Thailand and I would check another in Hua Hin shortly after! To come, I intend to check one or two more. Ask yourself how you can also visit these fabulous places? Stay tuned for my upcoming guide on hiring a driver, find accommodation and arrange visits to the wine of the Thailand’s booming country.
I’ll wrap up this post with a thanks to my friends at Koh Tao wonderful that make every day an adventure, and which I Trust generously with their precious vacation time and funds. I can’t wait to see where life takes us next!
, but I hope that where it can be… There will be wines.
a soon to reading! Which of the Khao Yai cellars more would you like to visit?