Aythaya Vineyard (pg. 86)
The climate in Myanmar sees consistently high humidity and warm weather year round. The vines are planted close to Inle lake in the Shan region at 1100 meters above sea level where air is relatively cooler. The Dry Season runs from October to March is the prime period for grape growth and harvesting. April to September sees rising temperatures and rainfall levels that create high risk of fungal growth. Currently two wineries in Myanmar are gaining notoriety for both their wines and tourism potential. The country’s political history has curtailed expansion of the industry thus far.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc
Little is currently known about the consumption habits of Myanmar’s population but scattered reporting indicates that red wine commands a high proportion of the wine consumed. Other reports indicate that even prior to recent political reform, wine consumption has grown significantly since 2007. Current laws are changing, however up until 2015 only luxury hotels and tax free stores were granted licenses to import or sell wine.
80% of wine consumed is red wine
337,500 Liters produced in 2014
Myanmar represents a huge opportunity for the wine industry. Firstly, a flood of importation could be seen if government policies loosen over the coming years as expected. This coupled with the tourism boom that would ensure, would mean massive growth of the wine scene in Myanmar. The ascendency of the National League for Democracy (NLD), championed famously by Aung San Suu Kyi, should also lead to operational obstacles being removed for existing wineries so that they can build upon existing models and improve rapidly in both technology and distribution.
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