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10 Best Local Wines in the Philippines 2021

We've covered pretty much most of the international region when it comes to wines and now it's time for us to go local. You've seen it in supermarkets, along roadside stalls, and even in your local palengke: our local version of wine. You may have even knocked back a glass or two in your province amidst your tagay sessions. 

 

Given that wine grapes aren't naturally available, our version is often made of backyard fruits to more inventive ones such as coffee. For some areas, local wines also reflect the region's history and culture. In this article, we will take you on a tour on wines, a simple pulutan to go with it, and our recommended top 10 local wines.   

  • Last updated: 06-07-2021
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Wine in the Philippines

Wine in the Philippines

Wine is an alcoholic beverage that is usually made from fermented grape juice though it should be noted that any fruit can be made into wine as we have previously mentioned


The Philippines is not a wine producing country, at least not in the traditional sense. Of course, that’s not to say we don’t produce it. We do, just not a considerable amount enough to make a significant impact unlike say, coffee.


With that being said, the country does have its fair share of wineries, though it mostly specializes in local fruits grown in the country, native fruits, as some may call it along with a few ingenious innovations to iconic staples such as rice and coconut. 

How to Choose Local Wine - Buying Guide

Given our uncanny ability for innovation, it is understandable to hear of quite the variety of local wines. That is why we have prepared a buying guide to run you through them. 

Take Your Pick: Origins and Source Material of Local Wines

The good thing about native fruits is that it is found nearly everywhere in our country. Some regions even have a specialty product of their own whether due to the natural abundance of the product or part of their culture. 

Backyard Fruits Today, Wine Tomorrow

Backyard Fruits Today, Wine Tomorrow

Wine grapes may not be conducive in our country’s tropical climate, but Filipinos have found a way to make local fruits into wine all the same. Small-scale industries and villages often have their fair share of local wine made from native fruits.


Filipinos are not wine drinkers, partly because we do not like the taste, which can be described as mapait and mapakla. Often, we have innovated products to fit our tastes. Such is the case of the Italian spaghetti, in which we have tweaked it to make it more appealing to our preference. The same goes for wine.


In the absence of natural grapes, we have made use of local fruits found nearly everywhere in the country such as mangoes, mangosteen, guyabano, and duhat. We have even managed to get creative with not so native fruits such as strawberries from Benguet. 

Ceremonial Rice Wine of the Cordilleras

Ceremonial Rice Wine of the Cordilleras

Tapuy or Tapuey is the local name for rice wine. It is similar to sake in Japan and makgeolli in Korea. It is a traditional alcoholic beverage made from steamed glutinous red or white rice and letting them ferment in clay jars.


It has its origins in the Cordilleras where it is usually used as a ceremonial wine for weddings and other festivities, it is even used as an ingredient in marinades, sauces, and cooking. It is said to be similar in taste to whiskey and has a lingering alcohol taste


The Department of Science and Technology – Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) had even standardized a wine starter, bubod. It is a type of wine yeast to improve the quality of tapuy, which increases its yield and alcohol content. 

Historical Sugarcane Wine of the Ilocos Region

Historical Sugarcane Wine of the Ilocos Region

Filipinos have been drinking basi or sugarcane wine even before the Spanish colonization. It has its roots in the Ilocos region where it is made by boiling extracted sugarcane juice where it is then cooled in clay jars and added flavorings such as glutinous rice before it is left to ferment for years.


Basi production varies from industries to local cooperatives. In fact in the Ilocos region you could even find unbranded bottles sold in the market the same way you could find unbranded patis peddled everywhere in Pangasinan.


It is noted to have a sweet and sour flavor with a hint of bitterness. Fun fact; there had been a basi revolt in 1807 as a result of the Spanish government’s monopoly of the wine, which led to the locals uprising in protest. 

Go Nuts for Coconuts' Potent Liquor

Go Nuts for Coconuts' Potent Liquor

The Philippines is one of the largest producers of coconut, particularly in the Visayas and Southern Tagalog regions. Filipinos have utilized its use from cooking oil to wine. And when we think of coconut wine, tuba and lambanog often come to mind especially when it comes to local inuman in the provinces.


Tuba is made from the sap of coconut or other types of palm trees. It is sometimes mixed with the bark of the mangrove tree, which explains its reddish color. Harvesters climb coconut trees where they collect the sap and have it fermented.

 

Lambanog, sometimes dubbed as the Philippine vodka due to its clear color is made from fermented and distilled coconut sap. The distillation process distinguishes it from tuba. It contains a high alcohol content at 40 – 45% ABV and if done incorrectly, could be poisonous due to its methanol content. 

New Wave Coffee and Cacao Wine

New Wave Coffee and Cacao Wine

As a coffee drinking country, it should be no surprise that coffee would find its way into wine production given how innovative Filipinos are. After all, we mass-produce Arabica beans for a reason. Similar to other types of wine coffee wine undergoes a fermentation process which takes around 6 months.


Another noteworthy source of wine is cacao. The country is no stranger to cacao products such as tablea and chocolate and recently tried its hand at cacao wine as part of the CALABARZON government’s cacao commercialization in areas like Laguna and Quezon.  

Consider Its Alcohol Content

Consider Its Alcohol Content

The percentage of alcohol is expressed in alcohol by volume or ABV; however, you might come across the term alcohol proof instead. This just means that it is twice the amount of the ABV. If a bottle says it is 80 proof, then it has 40% ABV.


Wines, in general, have a pretty drinkable range of ABV at 5% - 20%. But our local wines can get pretty potent, too, particularly the lambanog, with some coming in at 40%. So, you should take it easy topping up your drink because the alcohol can hit you pretty fast. 

Let's Talk Packaging: Why You Should Opt for Glass Bottles

Let's Talk Packaging: Why You Should Opt for Glass Bottles

This is because plastic containers can sometimes leach off dangerous chemicals if stored for a long time and alcohol could break down the plastic in the long run. Glass has also been noted to store alcohols better than plastic where spirits are more likely to go off.  

10 Best Local Wines to Buy Online

Here are the best local wines our country has to offer. No need to leave the house to purchase them. You can do it in the comfort of your own home. 


**Prices may vary depending on the website and their campaign period**
1

LakanExtra Premium Lambanog Bronze

From ₱1,860

Source MaterialCoconut
Region-
ABV36%
Volume750 ml
2

Destileria LimtuacoVigan Basi Wine

From ₱612

Source MaterialSugarcane
Region-
ABV12%
Volume650 ml
3
Source MaterialRice
RegionIlocos Norte
ABV14%
Volume800 ml
4
Source MaterialBlack Plum
RegionMuntinlupa, Batangas, Laguna
ABV12%
Volume375 ml
5
Source MaterialBignay
RegionLaguna
ABV11.5%
Volume750 ml
6

IntramurosLiqueur de Cacao

From ₱1,633

Source MaterialCacao Beans
Region-
ABV24%
Volume700 ml
7
Source MaterialCoconut
Region-
ABV11%
Volume750 ml
8

Aldio LiquorBarako Coffee Liqueur

From ₱240

Source MaterialBarako Coffee Beans
RegionBatangas
ABV25&
Volume150 ml
9
Source MaterialStrawberry
RegionCordillera
ABV-
Volume750 ml
10

Merci Fruit WineGuyabano Wine

From ₱369

Source MaterialGuyabano
RegionCagayan Valley
ABV12%
Volume750 ml

Compare the Best Local Wines

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1
Lakan Extra Premium Lambanog Bronze 1

Lakan

2
Destileria Limtuaco Vigan Basi Wine 1

Destileria Limtuaco

3
Proudly Promdi Tapuey From Adams 1

Proudly Promdi

4
Dielle's Apiary and Meadery Melomel Black Plum Wine 1

Dielle's Apiary and Meadery

5
Saint Ambrose Bignay Wine 1

Saint Ambrose

6
Intramuros Liqueur de Cacao 1

Intramuros

7
Vino Isla Tropical Coconut Wine 1

Vino Isla

8
Aldio Liquor Barako Coffee Liqueur 1

Aldio Liquor

9
Fresh Buys Strawberry Wine 1

Fresh Buys

10
Merci Fruit Wine Guyabano Wine 1

Merci Fruit Wine

Name

Extra Premium Lambanog Bronze

Vigan Basi Wine

Tapuey From Adams

Melomel Black Plum Wine

Bignay Wine

Liqueur de Cacao

Tropical Coconut Wine

Barako Coffee Liqueur

Strawberry Wine

Guyabano Wine

Features

Reinventing the Humble Coconut Liquor

The Wine That Started a Revolt

Showcasing Filipino Heritage One Drink at a Time

Cleanse Your Palate with Refreshing Plum Wine

Switch Up Your Noche Buena with Bignay Wine

Warm Your Holidays with Boozy Chocolate Liqueur

Experience Tropical Paradise with Coconut Wine

Stimulate Your Senses with Intense Coffee Liqueur

Fruity With the Right Hint of Sweetness

Get Your Fix of Antioxidants in a Bottle

Price Starts at₱1,860₱612₱400₱350₱385₱1,633₱240₱300₱369
Source MaterialCoconutSugarcaneRice Black PlumBignayCacao BeansCoconutBarako Coffee BeansStrawberryGuyabano
Region--Ilocos NorteMuntinlupa, Batangas, LagunaLaguna--BatangasCordilleraCagayan Valley
ABV36%12%14%12%11.5%24%11%25&-12%
Volume750 ml650 ml800 ml375 ml750 ml700 ml750 ml150 ml750 ml750 ml
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Pulutan to Pair with Your Wine

Social gatherings are always a fun affair for us Filipinos. It is nice to know that despite the pandemic, we can still connect with friends and family through video calls! This Adobong Mani recipe is the perfect partner for those e-numan sessions.

Ingredients: 

  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 kilo raw peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking oil

Procedure:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and fry the garlic until medium brown and set aside
  2. Fry the peanuts using the same oil you have cooked the garlic in. This will help infuse the garlic flavor better. 
  3. Stir peanuts occasionally to make sure it gets cooked evenly. Cook it for about 13 - 15 minutes or until the peanut skin has turned a light to medium brown. Be cautious not to overcook them or it will taste bitter.
  4. Drain excess oil and transfer to a bowl. Season with salt and adjust according to your preference. Add the fried garlic and give it a mix again. Enjoy!

Support Local!

Support Local!

No need to search far and wide for local products. These local pantry staples are worth looking into and they can be bought in the comfort of your own home.  

Summary

Filipinos' innovation, adaptability, and culture can be reflected in local wines. We are able to make use of local ingredients readily available and grown in the country. We may not be the first to produce wine, but we are sure able to make it into something we can all our own. Tagay!


Author: J. Cuizon


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