In this Southeast Asian country, vines were not planted around the capital city of Bangkok until the early 1960s. The beginning of viticulture is the founding of the Siam Wine Company near Samut Sakorn by Chalerm Voovidthya in 1982. The founder also invented the original version of the Austrian energy drink "Red Bull". The first wine-containing drink was the Cooler
"Spy" produced. The first real wines were produced with French advice in 1997 from Malaga Blanc and Pokdum under the names "Chatemp" and "Monsoon Valley". In 2012, the vineyard area covered 5,000 hectares in the "floating vineyards" in the Chao Phraya Delta, as well as in Khao Yai and Hua Hin southwest of Bangkok (in 2000 it was 3,000 hectares). The Wine production quantity
is extremely low, because 95% are with table grapes
planted. The Blend
of the wine varieties in 2010 (Statistics Kym Anderson
The wines are also offered in Thai restaurants outside the country. The Château de Loei, founded in 1991, is located in the northeast of the Phurua highlands in the Loei River district. A white wine from Chenin Blanc was produced there in 1995, followed in 1996 by a red wine from Syrah. The Boon Rawd Corporation brewery then created experimental vines with 50 grape varieties in the highlands around Khao Yai National Park north of Bangkok. Today wines from the international varieties are marketed under “Château des Brumes” and “Gran Monte Estate”. It is a traditional Thai drink arrack
, for the production of which wine is also used.