Taichung, the third-largest city in Taiwan, is a favorite weekend getaway spot for Taipei city dwellers due to it’s warm and relatively dry climate, perfect for hiking the nearby hills. One of the city’s most overlooked attractions, the Taichung Winery, offers visitors a look into the history of wine production in Taiwan dating back to the Japanese occupation in the early twentieth century.
Since its relocation to the new 52-acre (21-hectare) facilities in the Taichung Industrial Park, the Taichung Winery has opened a museum and product exhibition center, both open to the public. The tour walks you through the production process to see wine making in action and introduces some wine making ingredients unique to Asia, like rice, sorghum and barley. Located at the base of Dadu Mountain, the Taichung Winery includes extensive gardens, complete with fish ponds, foot bridges, Chinese gazebos and plenty of greenery, making it one of the city’s most serene spots.
Before visiting the current location of the Taichung Winery, pay a visit to its old red brick production facility on Fuxing Road. The Former Taichung Winery stopped production in 1998 when the equipment and facilities were no longer able to keep up with demand, but the beautiful building now houses the Taiwanese Art, Design and Architecture Exhibition Center.