Guyana winery attracts expats, US Peace Corps, Russians

The pristine sandy Linden Soesdyke Highway that is home to Pandama Winery and Retreat in Guyana has become quite the hot- spot for wine connoisseur from around the world, who trek to the South American country to sample the vintage made from local fruits, while experiencing the natural wilderness among the 17-acre property.

Owners Warren and Tracey Douglas welcomed members of the United States Peace Corp who for three weeks savored the beauty and natural environment that is surrounded by dark water lakes, and Pandama palm trees.

The duo, who are excited about their new found popularity, attributes the success to their inviting web presence from where on-line reservations are pouring in for wine tours at the tropical paradise. In addition, Douglas said the campgrounds provide a bonfire opportunity for tourists to sit around and learn about the rich diverse Guyanese culture.

The proprietors were happy to entertain groups from Russia and Canada who heard about the hidden treasure in Guyana and wanted to see for themselves.

Just recently, master winemaker Warren Douglas engaged a group of Guyanese Americans, taking them through the paces of the winemaking process, while educating them on how he produces 600 gallons of the aged alcoholic beverage, monthly. The 13 varieties of seasonal fruits including Aunty Desmond, Jamoon, sorrel, Five Fingers and mango are bottled on the premises. “Pulse,” a libido tonic made from three different barks is one of the top sellers.

Warren, who prides himself on being an educated chemistry professional said he always wanted to become a winemaker and has worked very hard on blending the right fruits to give his brand international appeal.

The Guyanese American hopes to expand his storage capacity to increase productivity. This will allow him to stock supermarkets, and later duty-free shops at the Guyana’s airport, and later overseas.

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