The first and only!
Published/Last edited or updated: 24th March, 2021
Cambodia’s first and only winery, the Chan Thai Choeung (or Banan) Winery, is located 14 kilometres outside of town on the banks of the Sangkar River and is open for visits and tasting.
Putting it politely, the wine is not exactly to Western tastes, but it does make for a somewhat unusual attraction and is on the road to Phnom Banan, for instance. You can also taste their “cognac” which isn’t as bad as the wine, and their juices—grape and ginger—are pretty good, but chatting to the entertaining owners is worth a stop on its own.
There’s a small show vineyard in the garden which is of interest to local tourists who’ve never seen grapes growing before while the real vineyards are aside the riverside road. There’s a charge of $2 and while the winery is not worth going out of your way for, if you are passing by or interested in how wines are produced in such a tropical climate, it’s worth a stop.
Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.
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