Yes folks, you read that correctly. We went all the way to Myanmar to visit a winery, sort of.
After arriving in Nyaung Shwe (near Inle Lake), we were feeling rather “templed out” from the previous four days in Bagan and found ourselves in search of an alternate activity. A quick search revealed there was a winery nearby and we were sold! We had not had wine since our trip began and we figured if we couldn’t find it there, all hope was lost in SE Asia. We rented bicycles from our guesthouse, asked the owner for directions and rode off into the beautiful Myanmar countryside.
Red Mountain Estate Winery produces wines made from locally grown grapes. However, the grape vines didn’t originate in Myanmar as they were imported from the wine regions in France and Spain. For people who know anything about wine, France and Spain have a pretty decent selection of wines and lots of vineyards, so this was a great choice. 🙂
We opted for the tasting to start our visit, which included Sauvignon Blanc, Late Harvest, Syrah and Valley Rosé. The whites tasted like whites and the red tasted like a red, the rosé was fine too. We enjoyed the Late Harvest the most and decided to order a bottle to share, along with a nice plate of blue cheese, olives and crackers. The blue cheese paired well with the wine and it was a perfect amount of food and drink for an afternoon snack.
We finished off the afternoon strolling around the winery and taking in the beautiful views of the Southern Shan State.
Red Mountain Estate Winery is open 7 days a week and is easily accessible from both Inle Lake and Nyaung Shwe. We recommend renting bicycles and taking the scenic route to get there so you can enjoy the views. It is a great way to spend a relaxing day in Inle Lake if you are looking for a break from the usual temple hopping.