Bali, it’s well known, is one of the best destinations for vacation and going to famous beaches is the favorite expectation for tourists as the tropical setting is perfect for relaxation all year long. But aside from the beaches, what most people don’t know is that Bali has suitable vineyards that grow several varieties of grapes such as Alphonse-Lavallée, Belgia, and the local Propolinggo Biru grapes. Although wine history is young in Bali, born in 1994 with Hatten Wines, wines “Made in Bali” exist and they start for a few years to gain the respect they deserve.
Where to taste wine in Bali?
Hatten Wines – The 100% Balinese wine
Hatten Wines was established in 1994 by a prominent Samur family and started with the fresh Rosé wine, for which the company is now famous. The grapes used are not typical varieties. They used the French table grape varieties, Alphonse-Lavallée and Belgia, plus the local Propolinggo Biru grapes for one of the sparkling wines. Breaking the rules of traditional winemaking, Hatten made their grapes grow on the north coast of Bali where clear mountain water and the rich volcanic soil is where grapes are growing on pergola system surrounded by other trees such as bananas and palm trees rather than the typical rose bushes. The grapes are harvested by hand and taken to Sanur, where winemakers make use of stainless steel vessels and a well-equipped facility. Hatten vines can be harvested every 120 days, due to the tropical climate. Typically the grapes are continuously harvested. This means rather than yearly vintages, each wine is labeled non-vintage style, with no year listed. Today the vineyards of Hatten Wines have reached the same maturity of vines of other new world wines.
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Sababay Winery – The “New latitude wine”
Sababay wines created by French-born Winemaker Vincent Desplat sources its grapes from the local growers in Bali, and so falls into the “New Latitude” wine category.
Similar to Hatten Wines, Sababay grows its grapes in Bali on the fertile volcanic soil in Buleleng where the weather is dry and sunny. The combination of these 2 conditions gives a unique high-quality wine. Just like diamonds, the quality of the grapes is extracted from the soil and after processing the final product, the wine is polished to give its best result, its best reflection. The abundance of the sunshine and the rich volcanic soil bring to this wine a unique character.
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Artisan Estate Winery – The Quality at the best price
For those who like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz with grapes coming from Australia but made in Bali, Artisan Estate Winery’s wines are the ones to drink. Their wines are crafted from 100% fresh wine grape juice from Western Australia. They do not use frozen grapes or juice, which denatures the product and makes wines watery, or grape juice concentrates which are sulfured. Their point of difference is quality at a great price and they offer a quality Australian wine at a locally produced price point.
Plaga winery – The wine of the new Indonesian generation
Plaga Winery is known for its Fruity Chardonnay, Crisp Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. At Plaga, they believe in keeping things simple and that by using the most advanced technology available, they can make the best wine for this market. “Why not buy a bottle today that is good to drink today?” is their motto. But do not misunderstand this trendy but professional winery. Their wine is made from the finest imported grapes from premium wine-growing areas of Chile, Western Australia, and Europe, which is fermented and bottled in Indonesia. Plaga Wine is a company part of PT. Indowines group, one of the oldest and largest wine importers for Indonesia.
Info about Plaga Winery