Hatten Wines tasting & vineyard tour
• The visitor centre is open from 10am until 4.30pm every day except Sundays and Balinese holidays.
• The visitor centre is on Jalan Raya Seririt-Gilimanuk, Desa Sanggalangit. The location marker on the map below isn't entirely accurate – the visitor centre is a little further south, close to the main Seririt – Gilimanuk road. Look out for tall flags on the beach side of the road – that's the entrance to the little road that'll take you to the visitor centre.
Wine tasting & vineyard visit
Yes – vineyards in Bali. Really. On the north coast of the island, the climate is dry enough to support the farming of grapes and it's here that Hatten Wines works with local farmers who, since 1994, have been involved in viniculture*. Hatten Wines, which has been recognised by Asian Wine Review as Winery of the Year 2017, hosts wine tasting at their visitor centre in a village called Sanggalangit, and visitors can take a walk through the vineyard, too.
The award-winning wines that Hatten Wines produces are not made in north Bali – this is where the grapes are grown; production of the wine is in Sanur. All wines are produced with all grapes grown in Bali.
Know in advance
This isn't Stellenbosch, Margaret River or Bordeaux – but there is a small visitor centre (situated at the base of a pylon, but you can easily crop out of your photos) and a few umbrellas under which you can sit and enjoy a wine tasting. Bottles of wine are also for sale here, at a similar price to what you'd pay in one of the supermarkets (around Rp180,000 a bottle).
It's a proudly Balinese operation
Hatten Wines works with 250 Balinese families (across all aspects of production) and as you drive along the north coast you'll see pockets of vineyards – 35 hectares in total. The visitor centre is situated among the main vineyards in Sanggalangit. The vines here are evergreen, producing three crops of grapes each year.
* DID YOU KNOW
The word "viticulture" refers to the science, study and production of grapes, while "viniculture" refers to the same thing, but for grapes specifically for wine.