Wineries of Asia

Think Wine, think France, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Chile or the USA. We’re here to tell you that you can also look closer to home and find first class Wine, waiting to be tasted!
Asian Wine is very popular among Wine lovers for their variety in taste and method of fermentation. The most notable producers of Wine, in Asia are India, China, Japan and Thailand. Let’s take you on a tour to the finest wineries from these countries that are definitely worth a visit.

 

India

  • Sula Vineyards
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    Sula Vineyards is India’s most popular winery. Founded in 1999, Sula Vineyards has now developed into a world class winery with a market share of over 70% in India. The winery is open to visitors, who can enjoy a tour, tastings, courses, and fun events including the immensely popular Sulafest that’s held in early February each year. Soliel by La Plage, Goa’s iconic French restaurant, is an added attraction. If you want to extend your stay at Sula, you can rent a room at the cottage called Beyond, to let the scenic beauty of the place calm your senses.

  • Chateau d’Ori
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    Chateau d’Ori had its first harvest in February 2007 and is the second largest winery in the Nashik region after Sula, with 400 acres of vineyards. The winery produces some top quality red Wines and has won a number of awards for them. The state of the art technology employed for the production of the Wines of Chateau d’Ori put it apart from some of the other, lesser known wineries of India.

China

  • Grace Vineyard
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    Grace Vineyard, based in Taiyuan, is one of the largest and best producers of Wine from northwestern China. Named ‘best winery’ 2012 by the Chinese edition of oenophile bible La Revue du Vin de France, the family-owned vineyard in Taigu has only been operational for 15 years. The Wines from the vineyard have won numerous accolades nationally and are expected to carve themselves a niche in the international Wine market soon.

  • Changyu Winery
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    The modern Wine industry in China owes its advent to the Changyu Winery, which was founded in 1892 and has since been awarded numerous awards, among which is the prestigious Grand Prize at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 — for a Brandy, a red Wine and a Vermouth. The winery with its age old Wines and other fermented drinks, has upgraded to more advanced techniques of fermentation and continues to be a haunt for the Wine lovers of China and the rest of the world.

Japan

  • Masuichi-Ichimura Sake Brewery
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    The Masuichi-Ichimura Sake Brewery was founded in 1755. This brewery has been instrumental in reviving traditional craft skills, preserving ancient buildings and forming beautification committees in Obuse. Visit the brewery to learn about the numerous methods of brewing Sake. You can also treat yourself to a tasting tour while you are there!
  • Yamanashi Meijo Brewery
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    The Yamanashi Meijo Brewery is located at the foot of the Japanese Alps, an area that is well known for the sweetness and freshness of its water. The brewery uses slow fermentation techniques, at a low temperature which give their Sakes their subtleness and freshness of spring water. Another reason to visit the brewery is the stunning scenic beauty surrounding its compounds. Head on for a trip to remember.

 

Thailand

  • Chateau de Loei Winery
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    The Chateau de Loei winery was founded in 1995 and is situated at the northern part of Bangkok. Chateau de Loei is one of the first entrepreneurs in the region that has succeeded in building its own brand based on solid, internationally-accepted quality.The winery provides a complete experience to its visitors, which includes Wine tasting, sampling grapes and fresh vegetables from its orchard and farm. Additional facilities include a restaurant, accommodations and a touring route in the vineyard that is open to the public! Take some time out to go visit this beautiful winery on your next trip to busy Bangkok.

  • Khao Yai Winery
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    Khao Yai Winery
    sits atop a hill, surrounded by picturesque valleys, which provides it the perfect climate for harvesting Wine quality grapes. The winery is very visitor friendly and visitors are taken on a guided tour of the vineyard and winery before getting a taste of the sweet and fruity vino. For those willing to stay overnight, the winery provides accommodation and has a restaurant that serves Thai and western cuisines. The best time to visit is around March, when the place is dry and cool.

 

Don’t forget to schedule some time to see these wineries for a memorable time on your next trip around the continent. Until then, take a look at our delectable selection of wines here and sate your cravings 🙂

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Journey of Chocolate

That smooth finesse, the miraculous taste of delight, the perfect mood lifter… you could go on and on and never be able to praise chocolate enough.

But worshipers of chocolate, did you know the long journey that chocolate has to go through to finally make that blissful bite of divine deliciousness?

Once you’ve read this, you will appreciate chocolate a tad bit more.

Akosua Boadu harvesting, on her farm in village of Amankwaatia

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The journey starts with Harvesting.
Although the technique of harvesting cocoa pods in today’s time are all fairly technical, all of the magic of chocolate isn’t lost. The pods are carefully picked, making sure that the rest of the tree isn’t disturbed. They are then slit after which the beans and the pulp are both fermented.

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Once harvested, the beans are cleaned and Roasted.
The chocolatier roasts the beans, and they are crushed to retrieve the ‘nib’. These nibs are then processed, to bring them down to the two main components of the cocoa mass, the cocoa solid, or cocoa powder, and cocoa butter.

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The cocoa mass is then combined with sugar and milk and Conched.
Varied amounts of milk and sugar are combined with the chocolate liquor to give it its luscious depth. The mixture is then cooled down and conched. Conching is a process where chocolate liquor, milk and sugar are mixed in a large tank, to give the chocolate its smoothness.
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Once the chocolate is conched, it needs to be Tempered.
The tempering process usually involves controlled speeds of mixing the chocolate, so that it is thoroughly aired, consistent throughout and will dry hard and then cooling the chocolate under monitored temperatures.

So you know now that the bar of chocolate you so dearly hold, has a lot of work put into it. Worth the end result, don’t you think?

Check out our range of delish chocolates here to sate all your chocolate cravings!