You Went to a Winery? In Myanmar?

Red Mountain Winery Inle Lake

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 Baganย and found ourselves in search of an alternate activity. A quick search revealedย 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.

Hill to get to winery in Inle Lake

View of the 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Vines at Red Harvest Winery Myanmar

Lots and lots of grapes

We opted for the tasting to start our visit, which included Sauvignon Blanc, Late Harvest, Syrah and Valley Rosรฉ. The whites tasted like whites and the red tasted like a red, the rosรฉ 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.

Late Harvest Red Mountain Winery

Chilled Late Harvest white on a hot and sunny Myanmar day

We finished off the afternoon strolling around the winery and taking in the beautiful views of the Southern Shan State.

Red Mountain Winery Myanmar

Not a bad view to look at while drinking wine and eating cheese

Red Mountain Winery Myanmar

Red Mountain Winery

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.

About Alana

Alana is one-half of Great Big Globe. She loves animals, the Wisconsin Badgers, exploring new countries and chasing the sun.

6 comments

  1. So, how did this winery compare to those in Michigan last summer? Your views were definitely better, but did you get to see any piggies?? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Haha, no piggies at this one. The views were awesome and honestly almost any cold white wine was going to taste good after the bike ride there! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Alana this is a surprising post. I’d never think you’d visit a winery in Myanmar, even with the nation opening things up so much over the past few years. Seems a bit decadent to me….from the Burmese perspective lol ๐Ÿ˜‰ Neat stuff and hey you can’t go wrong with French and Spanish shipments on the grape vine side of things. Go to the best to start off your venture on the right foot.

    Thanks for the fascinating share AND for the stunning images!

    Ryan

    • Hey Ryan- We we’re surprised as well and quite surprised that we enjoyed ourselves so much! It’s nice addition to such an amazing beautiful area.

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