The coastal state in Southeast Asia with the capital Hanoi borders China, Laos and Cambodia, as well as the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea. Viticulture was established during French colonial rule. French settlers established vineyards west of Ha Noi on the slopes of Mount Ba Vi in the early 20th century. The climate is hot with extremely high humidity. Under normal conditions, this leads to almost uninterrupted growth of the vines with harvests possible all the time. The vines develop very quickly, already within one year a cutting becomes a fruit-bearing vine. The variety that copes best with the humidity is Chambourcin, which produces the highest yields. Traditionally, table grapes are produced mainly from the pergola-grown Cardinal variety. Three harvests a year are achieved through appropriate pruning.
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