In 1998 the first 3,000 vines were imported from Europe and were planted in Loikaw, the capital of the Kayah State.
In June 1999, the Loikaw Vineyard was relocated to MAS’ Htone Bo Farm, near Taunggyi in the Southern Shan State. The wine-makers-to-be thus became tenants of the Ministry of Agriculture which marked the beginning of an excellent cooperation ever since. Some 15,000 additional vines were imported and the research & trial period could start. At that time the pioneers did not know that they were changing the wine map of the world. To make Myanmar a country which was to produce excellent wines for outstanding Myanmar food and other special occasions.
Finally, in December 2004 Aythaya wine was first presented to the public at the Charity Bazaar of the British Embassy, followed by a Grand Dinner at the STRAND and at the LE PLANTEUR restaurant in early 2005. It was the advent of a new Asian Wine: the AYTHAYA wine from Myanmar.
Today, in early 2015, the founders can claim that Myanmar by now has definitely become a proud member of the family of wine-producing countries of the world, with the best wines yet to come. That applies especially to AYTHAYA’s white wines. In hindsight, it was a hugely challenging times which span from the first viticulture research in 1997, followed by bottling the first wines in 2004and its first exports in 2009.