Red Mountain Winery and Maing Thauk
Founded in 2002, the winery employs French and Australian know-how and French, Spanish and Israeli vines to knock out some fine and varied vintages. Enjoy an inexpensive tasting and savour the superb location.
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A selection of Western and Local dishes is also served, including a small cheese plate at 4,500 kyat, to help with the wine tasting. There’s the fine terrace plus an indoor seating area too.
If you’ve not tasted too many glasses, you can push on further down the lake by bicycle to reach the attractive lakeside village of Maing Thauk. Half the village is on stilts over the water and half on dry land, plus a photogenic forest pagoda lies at the foot of the hills just inland from the village. The round trip would be around 20 kilometres on a sealed but bumpy road. To your right, there are views across marshlands to the lake and to the left the forested foothills of the range leading east to Kakku. Maing Thauk has tea shops with snacks and noodles. If you’re feeling tired, you could try talking a boatman into taking you back to town. Sticking yourselves and your bikes in a boat for Nyaung Shwe shouldn’t cost you more than 15,000 kyat.