Basi del diablo wines of the salucop group inc. As we remember today the 213th year of the basi revolt 1807 in ilocos we are launching this digital version of the second series of our art history and conservation monograph focusing on the basi revolt paintings and the role of basi an alcoholic beverage from fermented sugarcane in shaping and expressing the cultural heritage and identity of the ilocano through ethnographic.
We commemorate the ilokano s love for basi with vigan basi a premium cane wine made with sugarcane juice pressed from the best of philippine cane.
Basi ilocos wine from sugarcane. Ilocos norte is fast gaining ground in winemaking. Started making basi in the year 1906 99 years after the basi revolt. Tapuey can be found in the fascinating mountainous town of adams.
The light fermented sugarcane winemaker s most prominent product is the ambaristo named after the basi revolt hero pedro ambaristo. We commemorate the ilokano s love for basi with vigan basi a premium cane wine made with sugarcane juice pressed from the best of philippine cane. In the philippines basi is a traditional alcoholic drink from the ilocos region of luzon island north philippines.
Besides the traditional basi a liquor made of fermented sugarcane duhat and bugnay wines are now being sold commercially. The uprising that had spread in the northern towns of ilocos province was caused by the spanish colonial government s abuses in the implementation of wine monopoly and the prohibition of the manufacturing of basi a native sugarcane wine for personal consumption. In that region pale red coloured basi has been consumed since the spanish colonial days traditionally made by crushing sugarcanes at first to be followed by extracting the juice.
Destileria limtuaco adopted internationally accepted wine making and processing standards and methods while maintaining the unique quality of traditional basi. Today the basi industry is being revived by ilocano entrepreneurs whose ancestors may be traced to the heroes of the basi revolt of 1807 dr. Making sugarcane wine the table wine of ilocanos is not an easy process but it comes easy for those whose families have been making it for centuries.
Instead ilocanos were compelled to buy their wine from government stores. Basi is brewed and aged in the traditional way in glazed earthen jars burnay from upland sugar cane glutinous rice and botanical ingredients pithecolobium dulce macaranga tenarius and syzygium cumini. Laoag city since the day basi that legendary native wine of the ilocanos became the one town one product otop of this city virgilio gaudia 56 of brgy.
Truth of the matter is i was a little stunned that this industry is not well developed and that the region is not known as a wine region of sorts in this part of asia. Bacsil decided to shift to sugarcane as his main crop. Nagguilian basi is another basi brand in the northern part of the philippines.
The wines of ilocos norte. Destileria limtuaco adopted internationally accepted wine making and processing standards and methods while maintaining the unique quality of traditional basi.