Adams | Bugnay Wine

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  • Vhincci Subia
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  • A toast for success!

    The small town of Adams has gone this far without much "reconstruction of the road," shunning from any misuses, flaunting its natural beauty. The Mt. Palemlem, rainforests, waterfalls, rivers, even the weeds and rocks, all served for Adams’ walk to fame. Indeed, it is an effortless move of Mother Nature. It didn’t require a lot of publicities but a support from the folks, which is very evident as they weren’t tempted to burn the mountains for farming, cut the trees for plumbing and use dynamites for fishing. Being a crimeless community therefore thrives in not only the tourism industry but also other businesses – winemaking industry tops these.

    Winemaking industry in Adams includes the production of wine made from local products such as glutinous rice (tapuey) and wildberry fruit (bugnay). It was started a few years ago thru the initiative of Dr. Bielmaju Waly-Bawingan aiming to help the community people increase their income as well as promote local culture and tourism.

    The bugnay wine has this quirky but pleasant taste and aroma which is likened to a grape wine hence preferred by consumers. It is reddish to purplish in color, resembling like any other red wines. Truly, elegance can now be as simple as having a supply of bugnay wine in the house.

    Bugnay contains naturally occurring colored pigments called flavonoids, specifically anthocyanins. These anthocyanins are considered to play a beneficial role in visual acuity, heart diseases, cancer, age-related neurodegenerative disorders, diabetes and bacterial infections.

    Winemaking is a laborious process. It includes extracting of juice, dilution, fermentation, aging process, separating residues, bottling, corking, labeling and packaging. During the course of fermentation, fruit sugars are converted to alcohol known as ethanol, a colorless liquid with pleasant smell.

    The wine is sold all over Ilocos Norte. A 750 ml. or 25.4 fl. oz. bottle costs about 100 to 115 pesos in retail stores. The product is 12 percent in alcohol content and with its potential health effects, it is safe to drink. The production of Adams’ Bugnay Wine is assisted by the Department of Science and Technology.


    Kim, USA said...

    This is very interesting. I hope more people would plant this kind of tree so they could keep up the demand. Happy Mother's day to your Mom, Vhinci!

    Vhincci Subia said...

    Thanks Manang Kim! :)

    Diamond R said...

    nakakatuwa naman ang tawag namin sa fruit na yan sa maynila bignay.pinaaralan naming gawin yang wine sa mga fermentation subject namin at sinasama kami ng aming professor sa UP LB para mamitas lang ng bunga ng Bignay Bugnay pala ang tawag diyan sa Ilocos

    NIce. sayang wala kang fruits na miss ko na yan.

    Diamond R said...

    napansin ko ang signature mo sa picture. matagal ko na gustong gawin yan.turuan mo naman ako papaano yan gawin.


    Pepe said...

    I wonder what is bugnay in our local dialect in Bicol, I can imagine it is similar to "balig-ang" as we call it. Is the fruit similar to duhat or grapes, only a bit smaller and more round in shape? Hehe. If so, we have that fruit-bearing tree in our backyard.

    Vhincci Subia said...

    I just learned recently that it is called bignay in Tagalog. Philippines is indeed rich in local fruits like this wildberry which can be made to wines. Sige Rommel, pag nakakita ako ng fruits na yan, I'll post it here. :)

    Yes, you're right Pepe, bugnay is in the family of grapes and duhat which is just smaller in size. Great if you have one in your backyard. You should learn how to make wine then. Kasi masarap sya talaga. Hehe! :)

    Robert Cascayan said...

    I love Bugnay. Hahaha.THe berry i mean, not the wine :))

    youth_in_asia said...

    I'd love to try some. The flavor sounds VERY interesting. I'm always pleased to see local businesses thrive. They must be dong a great job.

    lonewolf said...

    masarap ba yan

    emmanuelmateo said...

    mangipa bacarra kan to ti bugnay ah..hehe

    musta na pala?bat d nag uupdate ang blog mo sa blog roll ko/?

    Vhincci Subia said...

    @Rob - So you mean you have bugnay in SI?

    @Jon - I love seeing local businesses flourish too, especially those in remote places.

    @LoneWolf - Yes, it has a great taste...

    @Emman - The fruit or the wine? Hehe! :)

    LV said...

    You always have such interesting post. I learn something from them each time. You have a lot of information and know so much to be so young. I used to enjoy a sip of wine. I liked the pink kind. Blood pressure medicine does not allow that now.

    Elisabeth Hirsch said...

    So fun. I love wine. :) This is such a great informative post.

    Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

    Maganda daw mag landscape shoot jan sa Adams? Dami daw waterfalls. =]

    Vhincci Subia said...

    @LV @Elisa - Thank you! :) Such a pleasure to have you as my blogging friends... Plus the fact that you are both foreigners... :)

    @Christian - Yes, they do have 8 breathtaking falls... :)

    Anonymous said...

    nabibili ba ito sa mga stores sa laoag ilocos norte?

    Anonymous said...

    bugnay/bignay, currant tree... marami ito sa northern luzon. hind na lang sa Baguio at Adams I.N. gmagawa ng bugnay wine, meron na rin ito sa Sanchez Mira, Cagayan (Magacan Bugnay Wine). palagay ko masarap lahat, sweet wine. padasen yo amin garantisado, naimas, suwabe...

    Anonymous said...

    last year our ofismate served ds wine taste gud so i begun to know all about ds wine coz i hav a tree in our farm,today it was a success on my part i made 3 bottles of bignay wine...whewwww super sarap gawa din kyo hehhe

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