Proudly Filipino: Wonder Wine from the Country's Sugar Capital
Belle Piccio | Dec 19, 2014
Victorias City of Negros Occidental isn't just about sugar. It boasts of a wine, not just any ordinary one, but a wine made from bignay.
Bignay (also known as bugnay) is a Philippine fruit that has a sour taste similar to cranberry. When ripe, it gets a tarty sweet taste.
Wines are perfect for special occasion like weddings, baptisms, and the Holiday season.
Federico’s Island Organic Wine is locally produced in Victorias City, Negros Occidental. The wine has 13% alcohol content through natural fermentation and has a rich, fruity flavor and aroma.
The business of Federico and Aurora Barredo started in 2004 when they decided to make wines as giveaways for their son’s wedding. They were urged by the guests to make it into a production.
Aside from the bignay wine, they also made duhat wines with 12% alcohol content, as well as pineapple wines.
In November 11, 2009 during the Tropical Wine Competition, it was named as the “Best Bignay Wine” by the Department of Science and Technology South Luzon Cluster. It bested 6 other entries from Davao, Bicol, and Southern Luzon.
The bignay wine is sold in stores nationwide at around Php225 per bottle.
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