Touring Thailand’s 'Floating' Wineries
Thailand’s Siam Winery sits just outside of Bangkok and produces wines sourced from some of the country’s famous "floating" vineyards in the Chao Phraya Delta and Hua Hin. (They’re not actually floating, but it looks like they are because the vines are separated by irrigation canals.) Siam Winery is one of Thailand’s best-known wine producers because of its award-winning wines, of course, but also because of the tours they offer of their winery and the vineyards. Their popular elephant tour of the vineyard, for example, draws wine aficionados, animal lovers, and adventurers alike. Their tours also cater to food lovers by including multicourse lunches with wine pairings.
The vineyard tours tend to run around four hours and take visitors from learning about cultivation and latitude wines to tastings and pairings with three-course lunches. Or, guests can choose to rent a mountain bike and hit the trail through the vineyards, play a game of petanque beneath the mango trees with a glass of wine in hand, paint a bottle label to take home, or take a quicker tour of the vineyard in a jeep.