GranMonte Estate is a vineyard and winery located in Asoke Valley, Thailand. Situated in a unique location in Khao Yai region and conveniently lies adjacent to Khao Yai National Park, approximately 160 kilometers from Bangkok.
Asoke Valley is known in Thailand for its beautiful yellow blossoms specific to the region of Khao Yai. The serene atmosphere and beautiful natural surroundings of Asoke Valley provide the perfect setting for the GranMonte Estate. The grandeur of Khao Yai mountain ranges has inspired the name "GranMonte", which translates to "big mountain”.
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 to grow high-quality grapes for winemaking in a wet tropical region. The wine grapes produced on their arable land are of different varieties including Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Semillon, Verdelho, Durif and Grenache. Their table grapes come in many varieties with or without seeds, such as Muscat of Alexandria and Hamburg, Thomson, Perlette and Maroo seedless grapes.
Nikki is the first and only female winemaker of Thailand. She has been the General Manager and Oenologist and Winemaker of her family property, GranMonte, Asoke Valley since 2008. Graduate from the University of Adelaide in December 2008, she is the only scholar in the history of University of Adelaide who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Oenology together with Honours in Viticulture. Her research was published in two respected scientific journals, Journal of Food Quality and Preference (UK) and Vitis (USA). For her accomplishments, Nikki has recently been listed in Forbes’ Inaugural 30 Under 30 Asia (2016) alongside other “top promising young leaders, daring entrepreneurs and game changers” in the manufacturing and energy sector. Nikki Lohitnavy does not only have winemaking experience in Thailand. She has worked and consulted in various wine regions around the globe bringing her tropical wine growing knowledge to the world.