Vietnam Wine Tours ” New World of wine”
VIETNAM WINE TOURS: THE “NEW WORLD” OF WINE
Blogs – Vietnam: July 10, 2017
By: Sivaraj Pragasm
Wine is something that’s best enjoyed with food on a nice, breezy late afternoon or early evening, something to help you relax.
And unlike other alcoholic beverages, a nice merlot or chardonnay contains a medley of tastes and textures that can be appreciated sip by sip.
This is the belief of Raymond Ringhoff, CEO of Vietnam Wine Tours, and the cornerstone of how and why he started his business – to bring wine lovers together to experience the kinds of wines Vietnam has to offer.
The New, New World of Wine
“Most people are familiar with wines from the ‘Old World’, European countries,” he says. “Recently, we’ve seen more interest in the ‘New World’ — wines from South America and Africa, but here in Asia, we’re starting to see an even newer ‘world’, and I believe this is going to be the next big thing.”
How It All Began
The idea of Vietnam Wine Tours started as early as 2014 but only took off in July 2016, and in January this year, it launched its official website, VietnamWineTours.com.
Serving as a one-stop shop for all things wine-related in Vietnam, the company specialises in organising guided wine tours to different wineries around Vietnam, and other destinations around the continent. Each tour also includes recommendations on how to pair Vietnamese wines with local cuisine – a unique selling point for the company.
By using the wine and travel industries in France as a reference, Mr Ringhoff, who is originally from New York and now based in Sydney, figured that locally produced wine could be an excellent way to promote tourism into the country. That is exactly what Mr Ringhoff set out to do and he hasn’t looked back since.
His passion for wine is clear if you get to meet him, as he not only dispenses his vast knowledge of the different types of wine but also his experiments on creating concoctions with wine and food – like pairing port wine with melted dark chocolate.
You don’t need to be a wine expert to appreciate good wine.
By combining wine with travel, Vietnam Wine Tours targets those who just want to enjoy themselves. You don’t need to be a wine expert to appreciate good wine, you just need to come with an open mind and you will learn much more about not only wine but also what this beautiful country has to offer.
Customised Wine Tours
With short tours, long tours and wine-and-travel packages, the website lists in great detail, the different itineraries that are available and you can choose the one that suits you best. The tours are customised, although it’s highly recommended that you go with a partner to get the best value for your money.
The list is constantly updated to include new, special, unique tours that combine wine tasting with a totally relaxing getaway.
Vietnam Wine Tours’ more popular packages include the winery visits to Dalat, together with visits to the different vineyards where you get to experience the process of how wine is made. Some of the more popular wineries include Vinh Thien, Dalat Beco and La Dora.
Recently, the company has included wine trips to other Asian countries such as Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia and India, and the list is expected to expand to a few other countries outside the continent soon.
Keeping It Casual and Relaxed
Wine tasting may seem like a prestigious activity for the elite but this is not true. There is no sophisticated dress code to join these tours, just be casual and comfortable as you don’t really want to be walking down a vineyard in heels. The overall mood for the tour is meant to be a relaxing one.
Plans are underway to expand Vietnam Wine Tours’ services to include coffee and tea tours. For more information and updates, keep tabs on its website.
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