Ninh Thuan toasts its grapes and wine

15:37 | 24/05/2019 Culture & Art

(VEN) - The Ninh Thuan Grape and Wine Festival, held annually since 2014, attracts a large number of visitors, promotes local products and honors special cultural values.  

ninh thuan toasts its grapes and wine

Tourists visit a grape garden in Ninh Thuan

The south-central coastal province of Ninh Thuan is home to the largest vineyards in Vietnam, with special grape varieties grown on 2,400ha. Visiting grape gardens to pick and enjoy the fresh tasting fruit, and discovering the process of making beverages from grapes have become increasingly attractive tourism products.

In the past, Ninh Thuan was known to visitors through special festivals of the Cham people, such as Kate, Rija Nagar or Ramawan. In recent years, the locality has attracted more visitors and investors to its grape and wine festival.

ninh thuan toasts its grapes and wine
Tourists visit a grape garden in Ninh Thuan

This year, the festival took place from April 26 to May 2 with a diverse range of activities in Phan Rang City as well as remote districts and relic sites. These included a visit to the Phuoc Binh National Park in Bac Ai District and field trips to the Ladora Winery in Ninh Son District. Visitors also had a chance to discover Bo Ma (leaving tomb) - the biggest festival of the Raglai ethnic community - in Thuan Bac District, and experience kite water skiing, beach football, coracle racing, dragon boat racing on the Binh Son-Ninh Chu Beach, and a cultural competition among ethnic groups in Ninh Thuan.

The festival opened on the same day as the Ninh Thuan Industry and Trade Fair 2019, which gathered more than 100 companies and consisted of 300 booths. The fair introduced a variety of Ninh Thuan's specialties, including grapes, wine and other grape products, brocade products made in the My Nghiep traditional craft village and ceramic products made in the Bau Truc traditional craft village. As part of the festival, meetings were arranged for local grape farmers and wine makers, experts, scientists and businesses to discuss and share grape growing and wine production experiences.

Thanks to favorable weather conditions, grape gardens in Phuoc Thuan Village were ripe during the festival. Apart from grape gardens, the village also has ornamental grapevines grown by 15 households. Along National Highway 1A, visitors could drop in to any of the six facilities selling fresh grapes and grape products to buy.

As head of the festival's organizing board, Ninh Thuan Province People's Committee Vice Chairman Le Van Binh said the festival was expected to contribute to promoting the local tourism potential for economic development.

Ninh Thuan residents are proud of their grape gardens and wine products. They expect the Grape and Wine Festival to help promote the locality's tourism image in the eyes of domestic and foreign visitors.

Da Nang International Food Festival coming soon

The Da Nang Tourism Department will hold the Da Nang International Food Festival at the park near the eastern end of the Rong (Dragon) Bridge in Son Tra District from May 31 to June 7. The festival will bring together world-famous cooks from Germany, France, Italy, China, Sweden, Hong Kong (China), Turkey and other countries, promising visitors a chance to enjoy food from different parts of the world. The festival will also introduce various kinds of local food such as banh xeo (steamed rice flour pancakes), Mi Quang (Quang noodles) and bun mam nem (rice vermicelli with anchovy fish sauce). Souvenirs highlighting characteristics of the seaside city will be on sale at the festival.