Sapa is a familiar tourist destination to a large number of tourists in Vietnam tours. Mentioning Sapa, people will immediately think about the cool atmosphere, the beautiful mountainous landscapes or the unique ethnic villages. However, not only being famous for these characteristics, Sapa is also the homeland of so many kinds of strangely delicious wine made from the raw materials which are only in northwestern Vietnam. Among them, San Lung wine is one of the best kinds to mention. Let’s go into more details about this kind of wine now!
1/ The origin of San Lung wine
San Lung wine is a famous specialty of Red Dao people living in Lao Cai. It is originated from San Lung Village, Ban Xeo Commune, Bat Xat District. This wine is associated with a mysterious legend of Red Dao ethnic group. Together with Bac Ha corn wine, San Lung wine is considered to be the most well-liked kinds of wine in Sapa. Thus, it will be such a pity if you have not tried tasting this special wine when being in Sapa tours, right?
2/ How to make San Lung wine?
San Lung wine is made quite carefully and elaborately. The grain used to mix with herbs must be picked in the suitable time. After that, it will be cleaned and put in the tight box. When all the seeds completely bloom, people will pick it out to place in the grain. To create the distinctive aroma of San Lung wine attracting a lot of tourists, Red Dao people always use a special yeast. It is made of the glutinous rice mixed with 15 kinds of forest leaves. These kinds of leaves are all the mountainous herbs. After 2 nights, the rice yeast evaporates strongly, people will continue putting it in a container to brew it. In particular, the brewing time depends on the season: it will be 5 or 6 days if it is in the winter and it will be only 4 days if it is in the summer. After being brewed, it will have to be steamed with a sufficient amount of water. During that time, the fire must always be at the same level. The other important thing is that the water at the top of the pot should always be cold and this step is repeated twice to create the best San Lung wine.
3/ The taste of San Lung wine
The aroma and taste of San Lung wine are so strong that it can make you freak out to all organs in your body. It is a feeling of freshness so you will not get a headache after drinking San Lung wine. If you enjoy it in the morning, you will feel much healthier and has a plenty of energy to work all day long without fatigue. Because of containing 15 kinds of herbs, it can be used to treat a lot of common diseases.
In your Sapa tours, you can visit San Lung Village to directly see how Red Dao people make San Lung wine and try tasting this wine to memorize your trip to this upland town of Vietnam.