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I Took a Little Drink About a Vineyard Ago

St. Regis and Laguna Resorts Send Their Wine Teams to Western Australia In Continuing Commitment to Wine Education for Bali Hospitality Professionals.


The wine sommelier team of The St. Regis Bali Resort recently undertook another one-week wine education trip, this time to Australia, together with two junior wine sommeliers from The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Nusa Dua, Bali. The Resorts’ wine schooling program, now in its second year, did a grand tour of the great wine producing areas of France last year.

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Committed to imparting wine knowledge to young Indonesian hospitality professional, Sommelier Harald Wisemann undertakes weekly training sessions. Part of a drive for excellence at the resort’s signature restaurants; Kayuputi at St. Regis Bali and Arwana at The Laguna Resort & Spa, the payback has included not only dedicated returning diners but also recognition with Wine Spectator Awards as world class dining venues.

Wisemann’s training programs covers a step by step education in wine beginning with the general history of wine, wine mise en place, the wine making process for each varietal, wine etiquette and lessons on assisting and guiding guests in enhancing the dining experience with a perfect wine pairing.

On the Australian trip led by Wisemann, the team from both resorts visited two regions in Western Australia famous for their wineries. This included Margaret River and its is well-known Chardonnay and Cabernet-Sauvignon producers. The team stayed in the Town of Margaret River for 5 days and visited more than 14 wineries including: Voyager Estate, Cullen, Clairault, Xanadu, Wills Domain, Moos Wood, Woodlands, Pierro, Vasse Felix, Leeuwin Estate, Ashbrook and Fraser Gallop. At each wineries the students of obtained insights from owners or wine makers on the history of Margaret River including grape variations, soil, climate and wine-making process. They also participated in wine tastings to complete their understanding.

The educational trip to Australia ended in the region of Pimberton, which is famous for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Visiting Picardy and Salitage the team obtained information they are now eager to share with guests at St. Regis Bali and The Laguna Bali.

Both the St. Regis Resort and The Laguna Bali are generous supporters of the annual Bali Wine Auction.

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