Harvest Festival Dinner – Hua Hin Hills Vineyard


The Hua Hin Hills Vineyard is nestled at the foot of a central hill belt west of Hua Hin in Thailand and located on a former elephant corral where wild Asian elephants were domesticated. The terrain is mainly loamy sand and slate which is ideal for grape cultivation. This project was initiated by Siam Winery after earlier experimentation at the nearby Royal Research Station at Huay Say in 2003. With the nearby seaside resort town of Hua Hin this provides this area with its first boutique vineyard.
The vineyard has an excellent restaurant, Sala Wine Bar & Bistro, where you can sample the wines along with some wonderful food. We visited at lunchtime and as we enjoyed the wines and the lunch we found out that later that evening there was a Harvest Festival Dinner, comprising a 5 course dinner with selected pairings of wine. This was too much to resist so after finding out we could still book we made a reservation for the event. After a quick drive back to Hua Hin to get changed we were back at the vineyard by 6:30pm in time for the evening’s event.
Prior to dinner the guests had the opportunity to sit amongst the vines, sample some wines and design their very own designer labels for a special Shiraz wine which each guest got to take home. As the guests concentrated on their designs, or on the wine sampling, we were visited by an elephant which made the whole event magical.
Soon it was time for dinner and we were all seated in an open field adjacent to the vineyard. A jazz band and singers provided entertainment as we started to sample the wines along with the 5 course dinner. There was plenty of time to chat with new friends and take photographs as the evening went on.

Seated at the next table was the ex Miss Thailand 1969 who looked stunning in her outfit and hat and we had the opportunity to chat with her and her family and friends.



Later as the music picked up there was an opportunity to dance in the open field. It was an excellent event and as we headed off with our customized bottle of Hua Hin Hills Shiraz we promised we would be back next year for the Harvest Festival Dinner 2016.


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