Wine Bars and Wine Shops in Hoi An
When you think of Vietnam, wine probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, you can access some mouthwatering wines here. As a popular destination for expats and western tourists, Hoi An’s wine culture is positively booming.
In this article, we introduce you to the expanding Vietnamese wine culture. Hidden Hoi An visited the best wine bars and shops in Hoi An sampled a bottle or two and sought out the wine experiences to try while visiting Hoi An.
Vietnamese Wine Culture and History
Looking at Vietnam’s position on a map, you soon realise that it is not particularly at the perfect latitude or climate for wine production. Therefore in most places in Vietnam, during the hot season, it is too hot for grapes to grow successfully and during the rainy season, it is too wet, resulting in the grapes rotting very easily.
However, one place manages to escape these weather conditions – Da Lat. A mountainous city in the central highlands of Vietnam. Because of its climate, it is the only place in Vietnam where you can reliably grow grapes and produce wine. Without a traditional wine industry, Vietnamese producers are still perfecting their production methods and wines. You don’t see a wide variety of Vietnamese wine in bars or shops, instead, they tend to focus more on the well-known winemakers such as the French, Chilean or Australians.
Although Hoi An isn’t considered a big city like Hanoi or Saigon, it is incredibly popular with tourists. In fact, this little city has been named the best in the world at the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2019. So, naturally with the increase in tourism came the increase in demand for a wide range of wines from around the world. Similarly this surge in tourism ultimately resulted in a boom of wine shops and wine bars opening up in Hoi An to meet the new demand. As a result, there are some absolute gems out there now – the best of which we detail below.
Wine Shops in Hoi An
The wine scene in Vietnam is slowly but surely growing. With tourism expanding and more Vietnamese drinking wine, more and more wine shops are popping up throughout Vietnam. Below we introduce to you some of the best shops in Hoi An for you to buy bottled wine.
Daloc is a prime wine seller focusing mostly on wholesale. They have been in the business for over 25 years now and were the first company to obtain an import licence. In their cellars are 800 different labels imported from eight different countries. Located on the picturesque Phan Boi Chau street, Daloc is the most centrally located of all the wine shops listed here.
Find a list of all their upcoming events and promotions on their official page.
Bich Thuy Mart & Wine
Address: 318 Lý Thường Kiệt – Hours: Monday – Sunday 11:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m
Your local-best-friend type of shop where everything you need is available for a very reasonable price. The shop offers a wide selection of white and red wine as well as rose and sparkling wine. Bich Thuy has an 11-year long tradition of great customer service. Their wines are imported from six different countries including Hungary and the USA. The owner of the shop pays regular overseas visits ensuring he tastes the wine before selling it in his shop.
Prices start at 190,000 VND (8 USD) and go up to 1,150,000 VND (50 USD) per bottle. Bich Thuy offers sparkling wine from Prosecco for 670,000 VND (29 USD), Moet and even Bollinger for 2,600,000 VND (113 USD) per bottle.
Red Apron is a well-established wine and spirits shop with 16 locations throughout Vietnam. Their stores are stocked with over 2,100 wine selections, carrying fine wines from all over the world, as well as elegant glassware and accessories.
While they specialise in the sales of wine and glassware, their influence in the wine community is much further reaching. They also offer courses to further your education in wine, working with the distinguished WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) for certifications in wine mastery. Red Apron is an officially approved provider of WSET.
Wine Bars in Hoi An
The vibrance of Hoi An’s Old Town is relished in many different ways. One of the best ways is sitting in one of Hoi An’s wine bars as the sun slowly sets, sipping on a glass of your favourite wine. Here are Hidden’s favourite spots.
Le 20 Wine Bar
Website – Address: 113 Nguyễn Phan Vinh – Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 5 p.m.- 10 p.m. (Closed Monday)
Situated right near An Bang Beach, Le 20 is a must-visit when it comes to getting that intimate European wine experience. You walk up to the cosy little shop and are immediately greeted by the owner, a charming and charismatic man from Lisbon with a passion for all things cheese and wine. The warm and friendly atmosphere gives you a sense of home like you’re a part of their wine-loving family just for a night. Amazing wines, small bites and wonderful conversation.
While Le 20 is a fairly new shop, opening just a couple of years ago, they have mastered the art of import cheese and wine and offer a wide selection. From light and fruity 2018 Australian Sauvignon Blanc to follow your day in the sun, to a deeper and more robust Cru Bourgeois to finish off the night. Le 20 is also well-stocked with a wide selection of some of the best cheeses in the world, flown in from France each Monday. If you’re looking for a larger bite to go along with your wine night, there are also a couple of daily meal specials to help fill your belly and treat your taste buds.
Le 20’s Wine Selection
This small bar’s wine list is extensive and includes numerous options for import reds, whites, and champagnes. Le 20 has 21 high-end red wines, five whites, three champagnes, and one French rose. Prices vary greatly between the by-the-glass options and those top-tier by-the-bottle selections. For the champagne and rose, bring a friend to split the bottle with, as Le 20 does not offer these in by-glass servings. It shouldn’t be hard to find someone to join you for an evening, as this place really is a hidden gem for wine and cheese fanatics.
By the glass wine prices start at 150,000 VND (6.50 USD) for more typical wines such as their French Anne de Joyeuse 2017 Malbec red or their Portuguese Pinho Real Vinho Verde white. The most you’ll pay for a single glass, at 220,000 VND (9.50 USD) will be for two of their high-end reds, their Spanish Alto Ibericos Crianza rioja 2015 or the French Chateu Haut de Selve graves 2015. For a selection by-the-bottle, you can pay anything from 750,000 VND (32 USD) to 12,300,000 VND (528 USD).
Le 20 offers a quaint and laid back atmosphere to sit and enjoy lovely cheese, walnuts and thinly sliced ham hors d’oeuvres paired with delectable wines and good company. This destination is a must-visit for those knowledgeable wine lovers looking for their taste buds to transport them from Central Vietnam to somewhere with a little more European influence.
The Market Bar should be at the top of your list of wine bars. Situated right above the busy fabric market in the Old Town, walk up the stairs to serenity. Relax and enjoy a glass of wine while watching the hustle and bustle of Hoi An happening right below you. Their wine menu is extensive, with something for everyone. Even extending to vegan wine – the only bar on our list with this offering
Choose from nine wines sold by the glass,19 bottled white wines, 29 varieties of bottled red, 7 rose and 3 sparklings. Five of the bottles on offer are vegan wines and Market Bar is one of the few places in town to offer prosecco by the glass.
The Market Bar’s Wine Selection
Their selection includes the classics such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Shiraz. However, what’s special at this bar is their inclusion of German and Portuguese wine – not often seen here in Hoi An. Because of this, smell the floral aromas of Portuguese Altano Duoro and savour the charming fruity notes of apple and grapefruit from a German Riesling.
Their most popular wine is the Vistana Sauvignon Blanc from Chile. A glass of this has a very friendly price tag of 85,000 VND (3.6 USD) and can be enjoyed with their new tapas menu.
The price of a glass of wine starts here then goes up to 120,000 VND (5 USD) for a glass of Prosecco. Bottled wine starts at 425,000 VND (18 USD) for a bottle of Culembourg Merlot form South Africa. Going up to 4,600,000 VND (200 USD) for a bottle of American Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon.
Hidden HInt: Look out for the trail of lights leading up the stairs to the Market Bar. Guiding you to your wine drinking oasis, away from the busy streets below.
White Marble is another well-known wine bar located right in the heart of Hoi An’s Old Town. Housed in a double storey historical building, gracefully renovated to keep its historical charm. Open the ancient window shutters and soak up the beautiful views of the busy streets below, while sitting on the top floor sipping a glass of New Zealand’s Matua Sauvignon Blanc.
There are another 14 options of wines by the glass to choose from, including traditional wines such as Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Bordeaux, Merlot, Pinot Noir and of course, Prosecco. The choice of country of origin is just as wide as the grape varieties. Stocking wine from Italy, France, Australia, Argentina, and New Zealand ensures both new and old world wines are included in their wine by glass selection.
Wines by the glass start at 130,000 VND (5.6 USD) for Chateau Foncrosse Sauvignon Blanc going up to 210,000 VND (9 USD) per glass of Gustav Lorents Riesling.
White Marble’s Wine Selection
White Marble Bar treats you to an assortment of 18 different bottled white wines, 38 different bottled reds as well as a selection of bottled rosé, and premium wines. Choices include Italian or Australian Pinot Grigio. Argentinian, Australian and French Chardonnay, French and Australian, Riesling as well as Sauvignon Blanc from France, New Zealand, Chile, and Australia.
The wide range of red wine offers five varieties of grapes and their blends from all over the world. White Marble Bar’s wine list includes specialities such as Pinot Noir from California, Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz from South Africa and Chilean Syrah.
Prices of bottled wine start at 495,000 VND (21 USD) for a bottle of M. Chapoutier Marius Rose going up to 5,455,000 VND (237 USD) for Domaine de l’Arlot Clos des Forets Saint Georges Monopole.
Website – Address: 38 Phan Chu Trinh – Hours: Monday – Sunday 10:00 a.m to 12:00 a.m
The Hoianian Bar and Restaurant was one of the first wine and bar concepts in Hoi An’s Old Town. However, its modern look and elegant vibe do not give you an ancient feeling! Apart from their extensive wine list, including wines from both “old world” and “new world”, treat yourself to some traditional Vietnamese Cuisine served by their incredibly friendly staff members.
Hidden Hint: The top notch service in the Hoianian is enhanced by a complimentary glass of bubbly while waiting for your food.
Prices per glass start at 115,000 VND (5 USD) to 169,000 VND (7 USD). However, it is the choice of bottled wine, which will catch your attention. Hoianian’s bottled wine list spreads across five pages. Consequently giving you the opportunity of tasting white wine, red wine, rosé amongst other premium wines from all around the world.
The Hoianian’s Wine Selection
The white wine section is divided by the type of grape, allowing an easy choice between Chardonnay, Pinot, Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling. The different countries of origin vary for each type of grape. However, Chardonnay has the biggest selection with offerings from Australia, Chile, Italy, USA, France as well as Argentina.
Hidden Hint: Hoianian’s Happy ‘Hour’ is at 3:00 p.m and 6:00 p.m. Buy one of the selected drinks and get the second for free.
The red wine, divided by country of origin, includes wine from France, Italy, Spain, Australia, and Chile. With each country on their red wine list, there are at least four different grape varieties. But the largest selection belongs to France. The Hoianian gives you the chance to taste eight different French grape varieties and their blends. These include Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah-Grenache, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabernet Franc.
Prices for bottled wine start at 559,000 VND (24 USD) for the Santa Carolina Sauvignon Blanc. Extending to 1,800,000 VND (78 USD) for Zede de Lebegorce.
Looking for the “creme de la creme” of wines? Part of their “Premium Wine” selection includes Sena – a Chilean Bordeaux Blend. It costs 9,999,999 VND (434 USD) per bottle, so definitely for a very special occasion.
The Art Space – Wine Me Down
‘Wine Me Down’ takes place on the last Friday of the month from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Art Space is another crowd favourite. With its unique way of combining fine dining, wine and art rest assured that none of your senses are left untouched. In addition, this bar is adorned with original art hanging from its ceiling and walls. The art here includes contemporary photography, statues, and paintings from a number of local and international artists.
Celebrate the end of the month at ‘Wine Me Down’ where there’s a selection of all-you-can-drink wines and draught beers. Choose from five different wines – two red, two white and a rosé. Live music puts you in the weekend mood while you enjoy some chef’s bites to fill you up as you sip away. All for only 490,000 VND (21 USD) per person – bookings not required.
But you can come in any time and sample their full wine list. There are 128 different types of wine, imported from all over the world, to choose from. Furthermore Art Space’s knowledgeable staff are always on hand, happy to assist you in making the right selection. If you know your way around wine, rest assured that they cater for you as well. Having coravin wine (a preservation method and opening system allowing you to drink the wine without pulling the cork – preserving the wine without oxidation for months) on offer undoubtedly enhances your experience.
There are so many ways to enjoy an evening in Hoi An. But one of the best ways to end the day has to be relaxing in one of our favorite wine bars and soaking up the soul of Hoi An.
Finally it’s up to you, as to which one of our top picks to choose. Each place on our list is special in its own way. So whether you’re looking for ambience, a sought after bottle of specialist wine, a wine tasting session or a tasty home-cooked dinner accompanied with a glass, once again, Hidden has you covered.