What do you think when you hear the word wine? Definitely, it will come across to your mind a fresh taste and typical sour aroma of grapes. Such expression was revealed by Vincent Desplat, a wine maker from Sababay Winery when started his presentation in the wine seminar held in the campus of the Bali Tourism Institute (STP) Nusa Dua, recently.
In the event entitled the Wine Event Explore and Taste the World of Wine, Vincent said that wine belonged to a drink having a distinctive flavor. When sitting with relatives, family or the beloved one, a cup of fresh wine on the table could give the feel of togetherness and love. “Wine can also bring people to socialize and get to know one another. A ‘heart’ is an appropriate symbol to describe wine,” he said.
The man who studied agriculture in France revealed that most local people did not have a habit to consume wine in terms of his buyers. Wine in Bali was more widely consumed by people from outside. “Wine in Bali and outside Bali respectively has typical characteristic, depending on the quality of grapes in use,” he added.
Special about wine in Bali, Vincent stated that farmers in Bali harvested their grapes three times a year while abroad was once a year. “It can affect the quality of wine produced in Bali. Thus, the tropical wine produced in Bali maximally has 11% alcohol and belongs to lightweight with a distinctive aroma and texture compared to foreign wines,” he said.
A good quality of Bali grape made the wine flavor more comfortable and steady. Other than Bali, wine of the countries such as Thailand, Venezuela, Brazil and Myanmar were also included in the tropical wine. However, since Bali became one of the best tourist destinations in the world, it was favored by many foreign tourists. “This condition makes Bali a great region for wine production, especially in Buleleng,” he added.
He then expected that wine production was not only developed in Buleleng, but also in Tabanan, Jembrana and the other agricultural regions in Bali. “In the future, wine has a great opportunity to support the development of tourism,” said Vincent. (BTN/ocha/015)