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I Heard it on the Grape Vine

International Herald Tribune Writes About Bali's Hatten Wines and the Special Challenges of Producing Quality Wines Near the Equator.

(9/27/2008) Bali's Hatten Winery, located in North Bali, near Singaraja, received an extensive write up by Peter Gelling in the September 23, 2008, edition of the International Herald Tribune.

That article covers the sometimes heroic efforts by Thomas Hadi Wibowo to create locally produced wines for Bali tourists. Despite naysayers who dismissed efforts to produce suitable wine-producing grapes in close proximity to the equator, the Hatten's team has not only persevered but in some instances spectacularly prevailed, winning awards and medals in international wine competitions.

Because of a 170 % tariff on imported spirits and wine, local taxes calculated by the alcohol content, regional government levies, and a 10% value-added tax at each point of sale locally produced alcoholic beverage automatically secure a tremendous price advantage in the competition to wet the whistles of holidaymakers in Bali.

Read the story of the company that brought wine to the Island of Bali.

[Herald Tribune: Producing a local wine for Bali tourists]