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Bali-based Winery to Supply 50% of Sacramental Wine Needs for Roman Catholic Church in Indonesia.

AsiaNews reports that the Catholic Church in Indonesia has entered into an agreement with a Bali company – Sababay Winery that will initially supply 50% of the sacramental wine consumed by churches, parishes, and religious institutes in the Republic.

The use of wines made from Indonesian-grown grapes will end the Indonesian Church’s complete dependency on wines imported from Oceania and Europe.

The sacramental wines are made according to the strict protocols set by the Church using grapes grown in the North Bali Regency of Singaraja.

On November 29, 2018, at the Sababay Winery in Gianyar a religious ceremony presided over by the Indonesian Bishop’s Conference (KWI) bestowed “Nihil Obstat”  (no objection) status on the specially formulated sacramental wine for liturgical use.

Monsignor Petrus Boddeng Timang, the bishop for the Diocese of Banjarmasin in South Kalimantan, who also serves as president of the Episcopal Commission for the Liturgy, accompanied by six other Indonesian bishops, conducted the ceremony held at modern Sababay Winery. Also in attendance was Eusebius Binsasi, the director general for The Leadership of the Catholic Community under Indonesia’s Ministry for Religious Affairs.

The shift to Bali-made wines for use by the Indonesian Catholic Church is the culmination of a process started in 2010 that successfully met the exacting standards of the Church in the production of sacramental wine.

Father Augustinus Surianto Himawan, who deals with the supply of sacramental wine for the church said: "The Sababay Winery has the capacity to produce at least 2.1 million liters a year. Our national needs do not exceed 40 thousand. This year we have agreed that for the two-year period 2019-2020. 50% will be satisfied by the winery. The remaining 50% will still be found abroad".

For over a century, the Indonesian Church has depended on sacramental wine imported from Europe and Oceania. The move to “homemade wines” will save the Church substantial sums of money while supporting Indonesian farmers who will grow the wines to be consume at celebrations of the mass.

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