On Friday, August 31, some 365 people gathered in the gardens of Bali's Club Med to toast the 100th vintage in 7 years of operation from Bali's Hatten Wines.
Arguably, Hatten's wine is Bali's only true wine processed from grapes grown on the island's north shore. Hatten's Rose was the premiere vintage made by the winery in 1994 and was quickly adopted by local hotels and restaurants, eager to avoid the high cost of imported wines.
Produced from the Alphonse-Lavalee - a black grape of French origins, the Hatten's vintiers break all the rules in their approach to wine making, first and foremost by using a grape not normally destined for corkage. Nonethless, through careful cultivation, quality control, and a fanatical dedication to the wine-maker's craft - Bali now enjoys no less than 4 varieties of Hatten Wines.
Rose - Their delicate Summer Rose and the Country's first commercially bottled wine.
Jepun Sparkling Wine - This is their Methode Champenoise wine, the "bubbly" version of their foundation Rose.
Aga Red - A young light red wine best served slightly chilled, medium bodied and often compared in character to the first vintage Beaujolais Nouveau.
Alexandria - A medium-sweet white wine made from another local grape - the Belgia.
Pino de Bali - The limited-edition aperitif wine prepared in both White and Rose vintages using the Pineau de Charentes method and bottled in a 375 ml bottle.
At the 100th vintage celebration of Hatten's Rose wine a painting by Dominic Lotringer was auctioned with the proceeds going to an orphanage near the winery's vineyards in North Bali. The happy purchaser of the painting presented by the Company's Marketing Director, Maryse LaRocque was Mr. Nugroho Supangat, Managing Partner of the Franklin Covey Organizational Services in Indonesia.
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