ISA Bali Chapter Inaugurates Its Own Wine Classroom
The Indonesian Som-melier Association (ISA) Bali Chapter, inaugurated its own wine classroom in Sanur, Bali. Fully sponsored by the Balinese winemakers Hatten Wines, the classroom is a newly renovated 30 pupil capacity room, located in the center of Jalan Danau Tamblingan, on the access road to Sand Restaurant and Beach Club.
This classroom comes to the rescue of the growing Indonesian Bali Chapter Sommelier Association, and allows groups to offer classes to its members and to young aspiring sommeliers as well as wine service professionals in Bali.
This is a dedicated classroom space for the Association’s bi-monthly wine classes, wine professionals and supplier presentations. Often hosting suppliers, winemakers and winery guests, the Association now has a private space for meetings and gatherings.
In the near future, they will be launching a special Amateur Wine Class open to the public. The Association will be using the classroom to welcome the public for a calendar of presentations and courses.
Hatten Wines involvement started in 2013, with the ‘lending’ of one of its holding company’s top executives as an advisor to the Board of ISA Bali Chapter.
Supporting the Association with wines, empty bottles to practice opening wine bottles with corks, organization, public relations and strategic marketing skills. In addition, Hatten Wines Bali ISA has been offering executive level learning materials and human capital.
Seeing the need for a permanent classroom where classes could be provided to members and also offered to the industry’s waiters and future wine professionals, Hatten Wines decided to offer a small space, newly renovated, where ISA Bali Chapter can bloom and become financially self-sufficient.
In a row of newly refurbished spaces, Hatten Wine’s sponsorship of Bali ISA provides a space to grow and prosper. Centrally located in Sanur, the classroom will be offering members and future wine professionals a cozy wine heaven study.
“I believe it is our duty as a Balinese wine producer, after operating for 19 years, to support the people who want to know more about wines, our wines and wines in general. I am really happy to be able to help the Association at it beginnings in Bali and give them a hand when basics are still being established so they can expand and do their educational work, “said IB Rai Budarsa, owner of Hatten Wines.
Bali ISA Chapter
(ISA) is a non-profit organization which is affiliated with the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI), founded in Reims (France) in June 1969, and has the following aims: To bring together the national associations Sommellerie (one member association per country) and to promote their founding where they do not exist yet; to coordinate actions Aimed at developing and advancing the profession by various means (training courses, etc.); to Enhance the sommelier’s profession by educating the consumer; to maintain the ethics of the profession.
The Island of Gods, Bali, finally saw the inauguration of the Indonesia Sommelier Association Chapter at Aston Bali Beach Resort & Spa Nusa Dua on November 12th 2012, with a one-day intensive workshop on wine, a cocktail reception, a press conference and the inauguration itself.
Two Islands Hatten Wines & Wines
Defying the popular notion that growing grapes and producing quality wine in the Asian tropics is near impossible, Hatten Wines has managed to establish a successful wine trade while gathering some international recognition.
Founded in 1994 by Ida Bagus Rai Budarsa, the first and only true Balinese winery, Hatten Wines brings a taste of Bali to hotels and restaurants tables all over Indonesia. Voted in the top 10 for fastest improving producers in Asia, Hatten Wines is committed to international standards of quality and taste.
The old concept is that hot climates are not favorable for grape growing, but as the owner of Hatten Wines points out, “what is most important for vines is underground water, which we have in our vineyards. The pergola system we use takes care of providing shade to the grapes and allows us to have a few varieties of grapes which are not traditional wine grapes, but have made us some great wines over the last 2 decades.” Hatten Wines uses local grapes to produce its wines, from its own vineyards in North Bali (Buleleng Regency).
In its own vineyards, Hatten Wines grows the local black grapes – the Alphonse Lavallée French table grapes and white grape varieties (Belgium and Probolinggo Blue). These varieties are grown in vineyards along the North Coast of Bali, and need no dormant periods as wine vines do, hence the possibility for Hatten Wines to produce wines yearlong.
It is at the winery in Sanur, where the knowledge and experience of Australian consulting winemakers come into play. This solid team of winemakers and the Australian artist Balinese owner now have two brands under their watchful eye.
Hatten Wines and Two Islands wines are available for tasting at the company’s wine shop, The Cellardoor, opened 6 days a week at Simpang Siur and in Kemang, Jakarta. Visit to see the growing collection of signature wine accessories.
For further information feel free to contact the ISA Bali Chapter president: Ms Kerta Widyawati, EAM – F & B, ASTON Bali Beach Resort and Spa. firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit: www.isabalichapter.com
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