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Isola wines — italian quality 100% local

Wouldnt it be nice to have a 100 percent Balinese wine in Bali, that tastes like an Italian wine in Italy? Cantine Balita with their Isola has made this a reality.

Gede Sumarjaya Linggih, Demer, and his son Bagus are passionate Balinese family that wishes Balinese wine to com- pete with international brands through taking care of the farmer’s well-being, because happy farmer produce better grapes and finer wines. By collaborat- ing with two Italian winemak- ers, Giotto and Giacomo they produced Isola white, rose and red wine. The white is a dry Moscato with correct acidity. The rose is a complex scarlet- colored rose with perfect bal- ance and the red is a light bodied with good tannin level, both are made from local grape variety – Alphonse Lavallée. The wines are made especially for wine enthusiasts as they offer the unique taste from the soil of Bali.

I like each one of them because they are easy to drink, but if I really have to choose I would have to say the rose is my favorite. But our red wine is what makes me proud the most because we managed to make a good quality red in the tropical climate of In- donesia which is very hard to achieve – said Pratiksa. It was a few years of hard work by marketing manager Giotto Castiglioni and winemaker Giacomo Anselmi together with a Balinese family, but at the end, they succeed. Success came from the good response from the market.

We are inside of St. Regis hotel in Nusa Dua which has one of the best wine lists in Indo- nesia according to wine spectator award and you can find our wine also in Potato Head in Seminyak, the Edge in Uluwatu and Bridges in Ubud which have been recognized with a similar award. Most of our clients don’t accept local wine until they try ours – said Bagus. Their plans are to grow with and for Indonesia.

We want to be part of the history of Indone- sian wines and be the pioneers in quality – Isola team concluded. It is easy to order their wines by just sending an email: sales@cantinebalitawine.com or check www.cantinebalitawine.com■

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