GranMonte Estate is uniquely located in Asoke Valley, Khao Yai and conveniently lies adjacent to Khao Yai National Park, approximately 160 kilometers from Bangkok.
At 350 metres above sea level and in a valley with a total area of 100 rai (approximately 40 acres), GranMonte has the ideal microclimate for growing high-quality grapes for winemaking in wet tropical region. The wine grapes produced on our arable land are of different varieties including Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Semillon, Verdelho, Durif and Grenache.
The Founders - Visooth and Sakuna Lohitnavy
GranMonte Vineyard is the story of a vision driven by Visooth Lohitnavy’s passion for wine. In 1999, a 12-hectare plot of land in the Northeast of Thailand, once a cornfield and cashew plantation, was about to realize its potential.
It was here, nestled in the foothills of KhaoYai National Park, that Visooth settled with his wife, Sakuna and two young daughters, Nikki and Mimi. Soon, the land was cleared in preparation for his entrepreneurial pursuit. Little by little, Visooth studied vines and soil types, choosing the right varieties of vitis vinifera to discover those which would grow and yield fruit for the next generations.
GranMonte Asoke Valley Winery is our estate’s brand new winery, which began its operation in late January 2009. The winery has the maximum capacity to produce 120,000 bottles of wine per annum.
This state-of-the-art winery uses imported winemaking equipment from France, Germany, Italy and Australia. We only use the highest quality French and American oak barrels for the aging of our wines, and temperature control stainless steel tanks for fermentation.
Both winery and vineyard operations are under the sole responsibility of Visootha (Nikki) Lohitnavy, our in-house oenologist and winemaker.