We all know that Bali has a LOT to offer, which is why it is our favourite island and a traveller’s paradise! But something relatively unknown about Bali is that they produce wine on the island.
So if you are a wine-lover, keep reading!
We will introduce you to the art of winemaking in Bali, and give you tips for a new and fun experience to spice up your Bali getaway.
Vineyards and Varieties
In the North of Bali, locals have been growing grapes for centuries. The abundance of sunshine, clear mountain water and rich volcanic soil in the area make the grapes growing conditions perfect. Winemaking in Bali is relatively new, starting in 1994. Overtime methods and techniques have advanced, and today there are several renowned wineries, giving you a chance to taste wines from this beautiful, tropical island.
Wineries in Bali have seen opportunities in this agriculture and applied superior production technologies to produce beautiful wines that combine the best of international and local grapes and techniques. Winemaking in Bali is unique due to the tropical climate and it’s so interesting to learn about. Farmers harvest grapes 2-3 times per year, increasing their output significantly!
The grapes that are grown in Bali are both local and international grape varieties, giving the wines a familiar yet unique taste palette. Indonesians in general prefer to drink sweeter wine, so if you love sweet wine then there are great ones for you to try out! But fear not if you prefer dry wine – there is something for every taste.
Wineries to visit:
Hatten Wines is Bali’s original winery which is Balinese-owned winery, their wine is made from locally grown grapes. The company was founded in 1994 and first became famous from their rosé wine – the perfect wine for the hot climate! Now they produce a wide range of wines including sparkling, whites, red and their iconic Pino de Bali fortified wine. Hatten harvests their grapes 3 times a year and processes over 1000 tons of grapes per year. They produce dry and sweet wines, so there is something for any taste.
Apart from their local wines, they also produce the popular “Two Island” wines, made from Australian grapes but produced in Bali. This is truly combining the best of the Two Islands. In the Two Islands range you will find sparkling, reds, whites and rosé. There is even a Black Label Reserve range to try for the real wine connoisseurs.
If you want to try their different wine varieties from both the Hatten and Two Island ranges, you can choose from three different tastings at their Cellardoor – Balinese, comparison or sweet lover!
Their Wines & Experiences
If you want to try out some of Hattens wines, you can try out one of the following experiences. It is a great way to learn about their winemaking and try a variety of their delicious wines!
- The Cellardoor Bali – Where you can have a wine tasting. No booking is needed, you just show up!
- Private Dining Room – An event space perfect for private tastings and dinners.
- Vineyard Visitor Center – You can visit Hattens vineyards in the North of Bali for a tour of the vineyard and a tasting.
– The Cellardoor & Private Dining Room
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai No.393, Sanur Kauh, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar
– Vineyard Visitor Center
RQ95+Q2X, Jl. Seririt-Gilimanuk, Sanggalangit, Kec. Gerokgak, Kabupaten Buleleng
Sababay Winery is located a short 20-minute drive from Sanur and it is the perfect place to experience Bali wine. Passionate wine enthusiasts started the winery with a dream of empowering the local grape farmers, which they have now done successfully for years. Sababay has won countless awards for their wines, and they have even expanded their winery with a distillery, producing local vodkas and grappa as well! Their wines and spirits are produced from local grapes as well as imported grapes. They produce both dry and sweet wines, including reds, whites, sparkling, rosé and reserve wines, so there is something for any preference.
Their Wines & Experiences
Sababay Winery has several experiences for you to have a memorable day in their beautiful winery. Picture a romantic and rustic garden, good company and of course some good wines – it is hard to imagine a better way to spend the afternoon.
- Tour and Tasting – you get to see their production facilities and try a variety of their wines.
- Wine-down in their garden – try local cheese & other specialties to pair with the wine tasting!
- Tour and Dine – if you want a meal paired with your tasting.
- Sip of Love – If you want to share a romantic, picnic-style tasting with chocolate and other goodies.
- Picnic basket – enjoy a bottle of wine in the winery garden with snacks and tropical fruit.
Enjoy Wine in Paradise
We hope you feel inspired to try some local Bali wine! If you don’t have the time to go all in with a wine-tasting or winery tour, don’t worry – you still have plenty of opportunities to try the wines. Many restaurants are serving a variety of local wines. Another chance for you to try the local wines is to visit one of the many wine & spirit stores across the island, selling a wide variety of local wines, including those from Hatten and Sababay.
Going for the local options while in Bali is a great way to try something new and exciting, and when doing so, you are also supporting local businesses – win-win! So why not go for a wine tasting or a local bottle of wine, and try a little taste of paradise?
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