Beside the perfect vistas, which are made from imposing mountainous landscapes and interesting views of terraced fields, Sapa is also a paradise for curious people. This place offers such a great variety of unique drinks that there’s no second place in the world you can find them but in Sapa.
A market in Sapa
Everyone living in Sapa can drink wine, they especially love their traditional wines, such as corn wine, fructus crataegi wine,…but mostly is the fructus crataegi wine. This special wine tastes like a kind of vodka and it can be strong enough to make you “WOW” right at the first time try it. You know why it has to be so strong like that?
Because it’s a way to help local people kept warm in such freezy cold weather here. This kind of drink, therefore, isn’t only one of their specialties but also an important part in their tradition and also their culture.
If you want to take an awesome Sapa tour to discover this mysterious land, there’s no way you can ignore this special wines.
Fructus Crataegi wine (made from a kind of apple, can be called wild apple) may be more famous than any kinds of wine in the Northwest Vietnam. Can you guess how it can be that famous? Because it has characterized flavor and sweetness of wild, the unique taste of a cold region.
Sapa’s Fructus Crataegi wine
This is a rustic wine but it is also very special. It’s made from a special kind of apple, and this kind of apple is combinated from the flavor of forest, wind, sun, rain so it has all the sour taste, sweet taste, bitter taste. Wild apple has white flower in March and April, it has fruit in the autumn. So, they pick them down and brew with wine in 1 month upward. Initially, drinking this wine, you will feel as you are drinking a carbonated beverage but the more you drink, the more you feel a psychedelic that makes you as floating on clouds.
Besides, the above name, this kind of wine has another name, it is love wine. Why is it called that? An old woman told: “The young couple like drinking this wine but they don’t tell words of love, after drinking, they will promise to each other that they will love forever and share flavors of the life as flavors in wine.”
Moreover, this kind of wild apple helps antihypertensive, lower cholesterol, coronary artery relaxation, the myocardial contractility, inhibits platelet aggregation process, sedative, calming, contribute up to physiological balance and prevent complications of hypertension. With the effects like that, wild apple wine is not only a good wine but also a good medicine and “a love medicine”. If you travel to Lao Cai, don’t forget to spend a night in a traditional Sapa’s house, be their guests and enjoy their fructus crataegi wine in the freezing cold of this region at night. You won’t be able to forget this experience, I’m sure!
It can be said that tasting this wine is absolutely one of the most memorable experiences in all the journey to Sapa. But if you also wonder what else you can experience in your trip to Sapa, then my article HERE can help you the most!
So don’t hesitate anymore and look for remarkable experience in this mysterious and wonderful place!
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