Sababay Winery, Turning Grapes into Diamonds

Wine Tales | Written By, NOW! BALI | January 2nd, 2014

Most people have heard of “Old World” and “New World” wines but more recently, a new sub section of “New Latitude” wines from countries like Brazil, India, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia has been emerging. Sababay Winery, which sources its grapes from the local growers in Bali, falls into the “New Latitude” category.  The establishment of the New Latitude wines highlights Alphonse Lavallee and Muscat grapes’ suitability and great potential for this tropical island.

Most people have heard of “Old World” and “New World” wines but more recently, a new sub section of “New Latitude” wines from countries like Brazil, India, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia has been emerging.

Sababay Winery, which sources its grapes from the local growers in Bali, falls into the “New Latitude” category.  The establishment of the New Latitude wines highlights Alphonse Lavallee and Muscat grapes’ suitability and great potential for this tropical island.  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 President Director of Sababay Winery, Mrs Mulyati Gozali says “… our vision is to be the best professionally managed local winery, the leader in South East Asia, a transfer of winemaking technology dedicated to Indonesia’s own agriculture potentials through direct fair trade business practices and integrated farming”. She stresses that “it is our philosophy to be a custodian of nature”.

Sababay wines have been created by French born Winemaker Vincent Desplat.  His vast knowledge of winemaking techniques was gained through experiences in France, Korea and Australia and his passion to explore new wine frontiers led him to Bali twenty years ago where he produced the first commercial wine. Since then, his intimate knowledge of the New Latitude conditions is recognized and his excitement at researching new grape varieties to grow and innovative techniques to implement is ever present. 

Sababay wines thus far include 4 varieties: Pink Blossom – a youthful and fruity rose wine, Black Velvet – a light bodied, fruity red wine with a hint of spice, White Velvet – a fresh and zesty white wine, and Ludisia –a sweet wine with a rich bouquet of apricot, chocolate and cinnamon. 

So why not support a local winery and try Sababay’s great range of wines? www.sababaywinery.com

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