One of my all time favourite trips, has be a last minute jaunt to Myanmar. A country I knew little about but over the next two weeks it would surprise me to no end. Especially discovering the two wineries found near Inle Lake in the centre of the country.
Not many people would associate Myanmar with wine, instead they think of ancient temples and hot air balloons, but there are two vineyards set high in the mountains of Nyaung Shwe (the main city on Inle Lake).
My favourite part of the 3-day trek from Kalaw to Inle, was the final boat ride on the lake. With a welcome breeze we passed floating houses on stilts and fisherman effortlessly rowing boats with one foot.
Red Mountain Estate Vineyards and Winery
Visitors usually relax in Nyaung Shwe with a glass of wine at the Red Mountain winery, there is a beautiful sunset view that is worth the short bike/taxi ride, though you will have to go early to get a spot, its busy every day!
Dubbed Myanmars first vineyard, Aythaya is a lot further off the beaten track than Red Mountain winery. I first came across Aythaya vineyard when enquiring at my hostel about visiting the Kakku pagodas. I was advised it would be an entire day trip from Inle lake, and would require hiring a taxi for the day, a local guide, and if we wanted to end the day somewhere special we could stop at Aythaya vineyard, just half an hour outside of the Nyaung Shwe.
If you prefer to visit just the winery then I suggest hiring a taxi to Aythaya vineyard near Taunggyi. It is a hidden gem and therefore only visited by locals, but every table has a different view so if you want to reserve the best table then its worth calling ahead. You wont be disappointed, the views are much like Provence in the south of France.