Making Wine in Bali

In the beautiful area of Singaraja (North Bali) in Buleleng Regency, Hatten Wines owns and harvests over 34.5 hectares worth of succulent grapes. With over 14 years of development and improvement, the vineyards of Hatten Wines have already reached the maturity of vines of other new world wines. The North East of Bali has long been a grape growing area and Hatten Wines have found this region suitable, owing to the abundance of sunshine, clear mountain water and rich volcanic soil found in the area. Tourists can see grapes from the main road towards the beach, starting from the tourist town of Lovina until the beach resort of Pemuteran.

Growing grapes in Bali has started at the beginning of the 20th Century but it is only a few decades ago, after multiple trials and errors, survival to parasites and other vine diseases, that the grapes were grown with satisfaction on a commercial scale and found in markets all over the archipelago. The final choice was a black table grape variety of French origin called ‘Alphonse Lavallée’.

The vines in North Bali’s vineyards are trained into an overhead trellis called Pergola, where the posts consist of small trees, which are regularly pruned. Besides keeping the workers cool, the pergola system reduces the risk of diseases and sunburn on the grapes, all contributing to a better fruit quality. The daily task of seeing the grapes protected from the elements is a full time operation and workers often live in houses built amongst the pergolas to take constant care in case of rain. The crops have a surprisingly high quality and the grapes brought to the winery are certainly ranked as the best of the best.

It is important to note that the tropical climate makes for the unique character of the winemaking in Bali, grapes are constantly harvested from evergreen vines and wine can be produced all year long instead of once a year. While vines usually require a dormant period of cooler months, the vines in tropical Bali produce grapes continuously in 120-day cycles. The varieties grown in Bali are the local Propolinggo Biru, the French table grape Alphonse-Lavallée and the Belgia.

The winery is located close to the main business centre in Sanur. The Hatten Wines winery is a modern state of the art facility with stainless steel vessels, refrigeration, installation, a horizontal press, 56 large wine tanks, fermenters, a bottling room, filters of various types and an up to date laboratory facility.It has a capacity of bottling 5000 bottles per day. The hand harvested fruit and hand cleaned, is normally received early in the day and quickly processed through crushing and pressing equipment or processed with skins in fermenters to make red wine.