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Types of Wine in Vietnam - Discovering Vietnam's Top Wine Varieties

Although one may not expect a wine hub in the heart of Vietnam, it is one of Asia's most prolific wine producers. From unique local wines to global favourites here are the top vintages.

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Chambourcin

Chambourcin

As a variety of rosé wines as well as popular red wines, Chambourcin is ideal for red wine fanatics with a love of strong fruity flavours and dark vintages. Made using the grape of the same name, the versatile vintages created with this bold flavoured fruit are perfect for summer time. Rich in both taste and appearance expect to feel a strong taste of berry flavours with hints of prunes, mulberries, raspberries as well as cherries. Those who wish to sample Vietnam's Chambourcin should have patience as the wine variety becomes bolder and more aromatic with age, revealing its true power.

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Cardinal

Cardinal

As a type of wine and grape that is more commonly found in the United States and in vineyards across Europe, wine connoisseurs might be surprised to find that Vietnamese wine manufacturers also grow and produce this popular table wine variety. Well-suited for those in search of a red wine without much sweetness, the rich berry taste of a Cardinal wine will leave red wine lovers begging for more of this unique blend found in Vietnamese cellar doors.

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Vang Dalat

Vang Dalat

Perhaps the most popular type of wine available and manufactured in Vietnam, Vang Dalat can rightly be called the most coveted vintage among wine lovers touring the Asian holiday hub. Known for its acidic and unmistakably strong flavour, the hearty red wine combines both red grapes as well as mulberry juice fermented to perfection. Having been in production since the grape was first introduced to the vineyards of Phan Rang, the most famous producer of this uniquely Vietnamese wine variety is of course Nguyen Van Viet. The sharp flavoured wine is produced by several leading wine companies in the country and visitors must pick up a bottle as a souvenir of the country's signature vintage.

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Nguyen Van Viet

Nguyen Van Viet

The oddly named Can wines of Vietnam are another vintage that is consumed by the local populace and well-liked by those who have been fortunate enough to sample the rare wine variety. So named, for the manner in which the wine is consumed using a bamboo straw, Can wine is stored in large jars and mainly manufactured by the hill tribes occupying the highlands of the country. Made using sweet potatoes, tapioca and cassavas the ingredients are fermented along with wild herbs in a large pot. Sweet and bitter at the same time, the strong drink is an anomaly even in the country of its origin due to its unusual taste.

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Sim Wine

Sim Wine

As a wine that is widely available in Phu Quoc or Pearl Island, Sim Wine is mainly produced using myrtle fruits. Renowned for its health benefits and medicinal values, consuming Sim Wine is known to aid in food digestion, relieve fatigue and headaches while the rich wine variety is also recommended for its antioxidants and heart healing properties. Visitors based at the Anantara Mui Ne Resort or any other luxury resorts in Mui Ne can plan a tour to Pearl Island to witness the wine production methods of the island.

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Rice Wine

Rice Wine

Often the most underrated type of wine consumed and produced in Vietnam due to its omnipresence in restaurants and households rice wine is perhaps the most commonplace wine in the Asian nation. As a wine produced using fermented rice, the rice wine in Vietnam is made according to traditional practices and come in a variety of flavours as well.