While Myanmar may not be internationally renowned for its viticulture, a couple of wineries around Inle Lake do a brisk trade supplying the country’s top hotels and tourist resorts. Both lie an easy day trip away from Inle and offer tours and tastings. On the outskirts of Nyaungshwe, Red Mountain was set up in 2003 and com- prises two sepa rate estates where a team led by a French winemaker produces New Worldstyle vintages, from ShirazTempranillo and Pinot Noir to Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The estate has a delightful restaurant where visitors can enjoy fine local cuisine after a tasting tour.
Closer to Taunggyi, Aythaya was set up in 1999 by a German entre preneur. The site, at an altitude of 4,000 ft (1,200 m), was chosen for its climate and soil, which provide perfect growing condi tions for Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. Visitors can tour the site, dine in a pretty garden restaurant, and stay overnight in teak lodges that offer views over the estate and Aythaya Valley.