Five days of fine, vegan-friendly wine starts this month.

Bangkok is getting its first vegan-friendly "natural" wine festival this month, showcasing wines made with little to no chemical intervention. 

Hosted by About Eatery, the Bangkok Natural Wine Festival will take place on Mar 29-Apr 2, featuring workshops by top local sommeliers and wine gurus on the first three days and a wine tasting party on the final day. 

Among the workshops are one on Mar 29 discussing unique grapes from around the world zeroing in on the work of Latin American wine labels like Inquebrantable (Peru) and De Martino (Chile). Another workshop on Mar 31 will teach about the extreme art of winemaking on a volcano, featuring Italian wine labels like I Vigneri di Salvo Foti and I Vigneri - Tenuta Castellaro.

Tickets for the party on Apr 2 are B500 (available at About Eatery), letting you taste up to 50 wines from around the world, including “orange wine” (white wine made using the same method as red wine) from Inquebrantable winery—the first of its kind imported to Thailand. 

"Natural" has become a buzzword for wine in recent years, basically meaning wine made without chemical additives and minimal technological processes. While the movement has taken hold in Europe and America, outside Japan it's still a very new thing for Asia. For that reason, organizers say the festival is intended to become an annual event. 

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