03 11/2020

Ladofoods spent more than two decades on developing grapevine material areas

Wine industry in Vietnam is not as developed as in other countries. However, there are always Vietnamese people who strive to create a small but characteristic winery culture for the country.

Vang Đàlạt overcame difficulties to reach consumers

Ladofoods began to develop growing area for grapevine material in the late 1990s, when the domestic varieties could not meet international quality standards for winemaking and the yield was not enough to produce many types of wine.

In 1998, Ladofoods cooperated with Nha Ho Cotton and Fiber Crops Research Institute in Ninh Thuan Province and Vinh Hao Grape Nursery to select potential varieties for experimental planting among more than 100 available ones.

Ladofoods spent a lot of efforts and invested in research and experiments related to winemaking

In the period of 2005 – 2006, Ladofoods transported foreign grapevine seedlings by two airplanes from France and Italy to Vietnam. However, those seedlings could not survive in Dalat due to frequent rainfall and high humidity that created insufficient yield and low quality fruits.

Ladofoods invited European experts to find a suitable land for planting grapevine

Instead of abandonment, Ladofoods invited European experts to Vietnam to research and examine each area in Dalat and neighboring provinces to seek locations having suitable soil characteristics and climate conditions.

In the early 2010s, experts found that soil beneath a rocky mountainous area in Ninh Son District, Ninh Thuan Province was suitable for growing grapevine. This region also has dry climate, little rain, and other favorable conditions for developing grapevine which can meet winemaking standards.

In 2012, Ladofoods started conducting experimental planting in this grapevine material area, then gradually expanded it in 2013.

However, the traditional planting method using arbors resulted in fruits having inconsistent quality and insufficient yield. Therefore, Ladofoods once again invited European and Vietnamese experts to make adjustments and apply pilling method. The company also strongly invested in modern farming equipment such as rain gauges, weather instruments, multi-functional machines for trimming, soil cultivation and plant care. These efforts helped grapevines grow more vigorously and protected them from pests as well as diseases, creating fruits with more nutrition, similar skin thickness, the necessary of sweetness, and enough seeds for making high quality wine.

After more than two decades, Ladofoods has brought wine to many parts of the world

After continuously developing a sustainable area for grapevine material over the past two decades, Ladofoods currently owns a grapevine field while offering vocational training and new jobs for local farmers in Ninh Thuan Province. The closed-loop and stringent process helped Ladofoods to continuously produce white and red wines under prestigious brands such as Chateau Dalat, Vang Dalat and others to conquer wine lovers in many markets.