A Vietnamese-French joint venture is all set to put the mountain resort of Da Lat on the global wine map.

Caladoc grapes planted in Ta Nung commune
Caladoc grapes planted in Ta Nung commune

The Da Lat Grapes joint venture has planted four French grape varieties – Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet, and Caladoc in Ta Nung commune, 30km from the town.

In the cool weather, the plants grow sucking in nutrients from the fertile soil to acquire a unique taste.

Forty-three-year-old Daniel Carsol, an experienced French viticulturist whose grandparents and parents also devoted their lives to growing grapes, is the director of Da Lat Grapes.

Back home he owns 150 ha of vineyard in Côtes du Rhône.

Under the care Carsol and his Vietnamese partners 60,000 grape plants are growing healthily in two 1,000-square-meter greenhouses and are 65 days old now.

The farm is owned by Quyen, who got a doctorate in chemistry from Belgium 20 years ago and is captivated by the project to grow grapes and make wine in Da Lat.

Carsol said his company planned to blend the four varieties of grapes to make a special Ta Nung wine.


Source: Sai Gon Tiep Thi – Translated by Luu Thi Hong