A ‘Royal’ Wine Affair inside Vietnam’s Castle Vineyard

WHILE it is pretty much unheard of, vineyards—the ones that produce some of the freshest and boldest spirits—do exist in Southeast Asia.

In Vietnam particularly, there are a number of wine regions and stand-alone wineries offering experiences that range from desirable to immersive, agricultural to industrial. But the most eye-catching comes in the form of a castle!

Enter the RD Wine Castle inside the Sea Links City in the town of Miu Ne. There drink a glass of wine and feel like a royal.

Medieval Napa

Sea Links City is inspired by the Napa Valley in California, one of the world’s leading wine regions. And standing right in the middle of a picturesque vineyard is Vietnam’s only castle.

The RD Wine Castle is a Western-prototyped castle surrounded by four square towers and dressed with rich mustard bricks. The inside is as authentic with a spacious ward in the middle with green landscaping. The interiors include arched walkways, glass chandeliers, and grand halls with long tables.

Inside the Cellar

The RD Wine Castle offers its visitors—who are either wine connoisseurs or just passionate travelers—educational tours. Guides lead them deep into the castle cellar and explain the process of wine-making in the middle of big wine barrels.

Still at the cellar are about 42,000 bottles of red and white wine kept in cool temperatures. Varieties include chardonnay, sauvignon, and cabernet sauvignon, among others.

Exclusive Taste

Many of RD Wine Castles products are imported from Napa Valley itself like Napa 55, 66 77, 88 and 99, as well as Sonoma County Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. These can be tasted and paired with delectable dishes.

Guests can also drop the wine supermarket to check out and even take home a variety of local specialties.

There is also the romantic terrace where a wine bar is placed. It opens to an orchid garden and offers a view of the rolling hills.

Still in Vietnam

Besides the RD Wine Castle, there are more wine destinations in Vietnam like Ho Chi Min City’s posh Wine Embassy.

Local vineyards in the province of Phan Rang like Ba Moi offer wine-tasting activities for toursits
In the province of Phan Rang, local vineyards Ba Moi, My Hoa, Thien Thao and Tri Hiep thrive; while in Dalat, the capital of Lam Dong province, big wineries Dalat Beco, Ladofoods and Vinh Tien operate.

The sim fruit that makes Phu Quoc Island's famous wine
A visit at Phu Quoc Island is also a must for it is where the Sim Wine made. A truly Vietnamese wine, it is made from the fruit of the wild rose myrtle tree. The recipe is crafted by the island’s ethnic people.

The RD Wine Castle together with the other vineyards is part of a 10-day Vietnam Wine Tours. Visit http://www.vietnamwinetours.com/


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