Khao Yai, Thailand-based GranMonte Vineyard and Winery formally appoints local boutique wine outfit Stellez Vine as official distributor.
Don’t be too surprised to find a made-in-Thailand wine on a wine list the next time you drop into a bar or restaurant. New Latitude wines – wines made outside of the traditional 30 to 50 degrees latitude on either side of the equator – are increasingly making their presence felt in Singapore.
One of the latest to officially enter Singapore is Thai winery GranMonte Vineyard and Winery. Based in Khao Yai Valley on the edge of Khao Yai National Park two hours outside Bangkok, the family-owned winery has appointed local wine distributor Stellez Vine to represent its range of wines in Singapore.
GranMonte winemaker Visootha ‘Nikki’ Lohitnavy was recently in town to introduce their award-winning portfolio of wines to various trade representatives. First started in late January 2009, the winery has a maximum capacity to produce 300,000 bottles of wine per year. Unlike other New Latitude producers, their wines are wholly estate-grown, vinified from grapes grown and harvested from their main estate of some 40 acres under vine, and another 80 acres across various plots around the Khao Yai region. They produce international red varietals such as Syrah, Durif, and Cabernet Sauvignon, while white varietals include Chenin Blanc, Verdelho, and Viognier.
In 2018, GranMonte applied for “Khao Yai Wine” as a Geographical Indication (GI), and was granted the appellation mark for its wines. GranMonte has been named the Best National Producer – Thailand in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 by Europe’s biggest international wine competition, AWC Vienna.
GranMonte’s wines are widely sought-after in high-profile restaurants – including Michelin-starred ones – such as Le Normandie, R-Haan, Sühring, 80/20, Aksorn, Canvas, Chim by Siam Wisdom, Gaa, J’aime by Jean-Michel Lorain, Le Du, Nahm, Paste, Saneh Jaan, Savelberg, and Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin. In Singapore, they can be found at award-winning venues such as Nouri, Praelum, Unyangkordai, Jim Thompson, Tamarind Hill, Native, La Terre, and 67 Pall Mall Singapore.
Stellez Vine first brought in wines from GranMonte in early 2021. They formally finalised and announced their partnership in May this year.
“GranMonte is the pace setter in high quality winemaking in South East Asia, flying the Asian flag high and proud. Stellez Vine is pleased to represent GranMonte and spread the gospel of Thai wines in Singapore and soon South East Asia. Discerning Singaporean foodies and wine lovers will now be able to appreciate and enjoy the exceptional vinifera tropical winemaking from Thailand,” said Gerard Zhang, founder of Stellez Vine.
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