The Grape and Wine Festival 2019 will be held in south-central Ninh Thuan province from April 26 to May 2, where the province will introduce its local specialty, grapes, and promote local tourism. It also aims to honor grape growers who have contributed substantially to building the Ninh Thuan grape brand while giving them the opportunity to meet and exchange experience with scientists, experts, and businesses in the field.

The festival will take place in Phan Rang-Thap Cham city and the six districts of Ninh Phuoc, Ninh Hai, Ninh Son, Thuan Nam, Thuan Bac, and Bac Ai.

About 300 stalls will be open at the festival, offering grapes, grape wine, and other products produced from grapes in the local area and certain other specialties of Ninh Thuan.

Visitors can learn about grape cultivation and grape wine production from trips to Thai An, Phuoc Thuan, and Xuan Hai vineyards and My Son and Ladora wine producing farms, and also visit other popular local destinations such as My Nghiep weaving village, Bau Truc pottery village, and Phuoc Binh National Park.

There will be a seminar on Ninh Thuan grapes and wine held at the festival, attended by business representatives, households, and scientists, where techniques in producing grapes and making wine and other grape products will be shared.

A number of festive activities will be held, such as art performances, fireworks displays, a street carnival, a beauty contest, electronic dance music (EDM), and beach sports, including boat racing, surfing, and beach football.

Grapes have been a specialty and industrial crop of Ninh Thuan since 1980, contributing about 14 per cent of GDP from the province’s agriculture sector. It has nearly 1,300 ha being grown, 80 per cent of which are red cardinal grapes and the remainder other varieties, with an annual output of 30,000 tonnes. In 2012, Ninh Thuan’s grape varieties were granted geographical indication certification (GI, a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin) from the National Office of Intellectual Property.