My wife and I were in Dalat last October (2010) and were pleasantly surprised as we found some excellent quality red wine produced and bottled in Dalat. The wine was a Cabernet & Merlot mixture and sold under the “Excellence” Ladofood’s label. We purchased the wine from the Ladofood’s merchant in central Dalat. At that time we bought several bottles at 80 Dong per bottle (4 US$) and actually took some of it home with us. It traveled well and was actually a very good drop of wine when compared with similar wines from Australia and the USA that cost a heck of a lot more.
My wife and I returned to Dalat in February of this year and from our previous wine tasting experience in Dalat we immediately purchased 8 bottles of the same labeled wine as we had purchased before but now at a price of96 Dong per bottle. We went through 7 bottles of the wine while we were in Dalat and Nha Trang and actually had to throw it away. It was awful stuff! The wine tasted nothing like the same labeled wines we had consumed during our visit in last October and, in fact, were highly acidic and some had actually already turned to vinegar. Not wanting to take vinegar home we opened our last bottle in Saigon on our last night in Vietnam and were totally surprised as the wine tasted very much like that we had consumed in October. It was excellent! What a surprise. 1 out of 8 was good! Quality consistency was certainly lacking.
I am wondering if any other travelers to Dalat or indeed Vietnam have had similar experiences with Dalat wines as with the weather that Dalat has there should certainly be some excellent wines grown, produced and available.