Police Major General Banjong Mukdasanit was a notable police officer in the history of the Royal Thai Police department. Prior to his retirement, he has planned to spend his retirement life in the nature, returning to his roots as a gardener in his inherited orchard.
His family was gardeners of their orchard business. They have planted many of the popular Thai fruit trees, such as mangosteen, mango, rambutan, jackfruit, longgong, and various species of durians. The orchard area of 200 rai is in the heart of the mountains, having a small river, which flows from Khao Chuk Mountain, flows through the orchard. It is located at Tambons Thung Khwai Kin and Tambon Kong Din, with the river as the boundary between the two Tambons, in Klaeng District, Rayong Province. This place is later known as BJ Garden, founded after his first name ‘Banjong’.
Though the land and the plantations of BJ Garden were privately established for a long time, the orchard was developed and officially opened in the name of BJ Garden Ville & Resort in 1992 as a place for camping and hotel services. Ms. Thuanjit Mukdasanit, Banjong’s daughter, also known as Madam Tracy, has a shared vision with her father to offer new experiences for people who would like to escape from the chaos and the pollution in the cities and visit the orchard to obtain peace, excitements with the nature, and fresh tasty fruits – an all-in-one sanctuary of the body, mind, and soul.
Our Winemaking Inspiration
As time passed by, Madam Tracy has a concern that the local farmers and gardeners are having problems the low prices of the fruits in the market during the fruit season. This issue has given her the inspiration to innovate new fruit products to bring together a network of farmers and gardeners. As the result, B.J. Garden Winery was established in 2001 as a company that makes innovative fruit & herbal wines under the brand ‘Chateau De Klaeng’, the wines that embraces our tradition, yet bringing unique innovation to the world wine market.