Residents in Hanoi can now visit a fruitful vineyard located just about 20 kilometers from the city center.
Situated on the alluvial soil of the Red River near the foot of Nhat Tan Bridge in Vinh Ngoc Ward, Dong Anh District, the vineyard of Vu Van Luc has entered its harvest season.
The vineyard covers 2.5 hectares inside Luc’s four-hectare farm, featuring five main grape varieties, including Japanese black seedless grapes which grow well in the soil and weather conditions of the Red River Delta.
Luc is experimenting with 20 other varieties at his plantation.
|Bunches of ripe grapes at Vu Van Luc’s vineyard in Dong Anh District, Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
“Roofing is key when it comes to growing grapes in the Red River Delta as frequent rains can damage the plants,” Luc stated.
The harvest seasons run from May to July and from October to December every year, he added.
Luc originally operated the vineyard to sell the fruits, but he later noticed the growing tourism potential of the model.
|A young boy holds a bunch of grapes at the vineyard in Dong Anh District, Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
He normally sells his grapes at VND150,000-180,000 (US$7-8) per kilogram, while people who want to visit the plantation and harvest the fruits are charged VND200,000 ($9) per kilogram.
All visitors to the vineyard are required to follow pandemic prevention measures, namely wearing face masks, sanitizing hands, and filing health declarations.
Tran Minh Trang, a Hanoi resident, said she and her husband had decided to take their son to the vineyard on the weekend.
|A young girl harvests grapes at the vineyard in Dong Anh District, Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
“Through this activity, I want my son to get closer to nature, learn about new plants, and understand farmers’ hard work,” Trang elaborated.
“This is the first time I have seen grapevines. They look strange but also interesting,” said Ho Phan Minh Chau, a young visitor who came with her parents.
Chau said she would pick many beautiful and ripe grapes for her grandparents at home.
|Family members pose for a photo at the vineyard in Dong Anh District, Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
|Visitors are pictured at the vineyard in Dong Anh District, Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre