Wine tours show lesser known side of Vietnam

Vietnam Wine Tours’ Raymond Ringhoff (right) with owner of local business M’Charm textiles

Helping open up Vietnam’s less-explored areas to international tourism, Vietnam Wine Tours takes visitors on winery escapades through Dalat, Ninh Thuan and the Mekong Delta.

“Not many people know that Vietnam has wineries that grow good wines. We want people to come and enjoy such areas that aren’t well known yet,” said Vietnam Wine Tours’ CEO and founder Raymond Ringhoff.

Vietnam Wine Tours’ Raymond Ringhoff (right) with owner of local business M’Charm textiles

To raise awareness for other local businesses, the tour company combines its wine tours with stops at places such as family-run textile shops, herbal gardens and medicine farms.

Ringhoff told TTG Asia at the recent PATA Travel Mart (PTM) in Langkawi: “There’s so much Vietnam has to offer, from wines to the beaches of Hoi An. When I saw the local businesses, I wanted to bring more people to discover these places.”

Colleen Renner, owner of Colorado-based Playful Spirits Travel, a buyer at PTM, expressed surprise that Vietnam is home to wineries and has a network of wine tours on offer.

“Our clients would definitely be interested in that. Vietnam is getting more popular and they’re always up to visit new places that few others have gone to before,” said Renner.

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