Thai wine

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The Thai wine industry began developing in the twentieth century. Grapes were introduced to Thailand when Louis XIV had his ambassador present specimens of White Malaga (Beba) to King Narai.[1] The King had these vines planted in the floating vineyards surrounding the capital, and they flourished.

The grapes were used solely for fruit until well into the twentieth century, when a wine industry started to develop.[2] Monsoon Valley, southwest of Bangkok, seems to be the largest area.[according to whom?] It is commonly thought that fine wine grapes cannot grow in humid tropical lowland climates, but the Thais have figured out how. The grapes are forced by pruning into bearing two crops a year; the fine wines are those that ripen during the (relatively) dry season, while a vin de table is made from the wet season crop. Other vinifera grapes such as Chenin blanc and Shiraz are becoming popular.