Production of Popular Native Wines in the Philippines

Native wines produced in the Philippines are all 100% chemical-free because they are all produce in a natural process.

Lambanog is 100% natural and does not contain harmful chemicals just like other commercially produced wine and alcohol.

Tuba: Palm Wine

Tuba is a sweet, fresh or mildly fermented sap taken from tapping the young expanded flowers of the coconut. It is popularly known locally as “Jungle wine,” it is also called coconut toddy or palm toddy or simply toddy. Tuba is made through a process of extracting the sap of an unopened coconut bud. The tip of the bud is lopped and the pale juice is allowed to trickles into bamboo containers. A sturdy tree yields about a gallon of liquid daily.

To ferment, the sweetish liquid is stored for one to three days in earthen jars or bottles in modern times. The rust tint of tuba is acquired through the addition of powdered bark. It has a stinging sweet and bittersweet taste. It is said that only tough men can withstand the effect of Tuba that affects men’s senses and sanity. Filipinos consider Tuba as a type of hard drink. Tuba is widely produced from all over the country.

Basi: Ilocos Wine of Ilocos Region

Filipinos were great imbibers of native brews, among them was basi. Considered as the “King of Native Wines”, this particular wine is the pride of Ilocanos of Northern Luzon.

. Basi is a fermented alcoholic beverage made of sugar cane. It has been consumed since pre-Spanish period. Basi is produced by crushing sugarcane and extracting the juice. The juice is boiled in vats and then stored in earthen jars. Once the juice has cooled, flavorings made of ground glutinous rice and duhat (java plum) bark or other fruits or barks is added. The jars are then sealed with banana leaves and allowed to ferment for one to three years. No artificial flavoring or coloring is added. Finally, the beverage is strained and bottled.

The pale red brew is valued as a restorative; as reliever of tired bodies from the day’s work, and as an enlivener of conversations. It is often compared to Chartreuse, the fruit liqueur of France.

A Basi festival is held annually in Nagillian, La Union

Strawberry Wine and Bugnay Wine of Benguet

One of the fastest growing cottage industries in Benguet and gaining much popularity and demand is strawberry and bugnay-wine making. Strawberry farming is suitable to this place because of its cool climate. La Trinidad, which is the capital of Benguet is the location of the so-called “strawberry farm” a favorite tourists attraction, just a few kilometer away from the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City.

Bugnay( a local fruit) and strawberry wine-making is done by fermentation.

Let’s have some fun but don’t forget – always drink moderately.

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  1. Very Interesting, Wise of you to include the reminder about drinking moderately.

  2. Some locally made wines are very potent too.

  3. Thank you very much to you Tracy and Lucy

  4. Here’s a video on how lamabanog is made:

  5. It’s nice that there are some people who still recognizes our native wines or liquors. But it is more interesting if you’ll put on this page all the alcoholic drinks especially made in the Philippines!

  6. It’s nice to learn that we, Filipinos are prone to native wines.

  7. It’s really interesting…..(the native wines). It’s good po that you have posted one such this. Pero it’s better po na mas maraming info.po ang nakalagay…..

  8. There’s another called Panggasi (rice wine) made by the Subanen tribe of Zamboanga peninsula.

    I’m sure there are still a number out there just waiting to be re-discovered.

    Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

  9. how about camote wine, do we have it already?

  10. Hi naku_rapay,
    don’t worry their working on it

  11. post more types of local wines!!

  12. you may include yacoon wine, another native wine, good for those with diabetes.

  13. would you please elaborate more on the processes of making strawberry and bugnay wine of benguet please…? i just want to learn..

  14. Butuanons have a local wine named “lacsoy”. It is distilled from Nipa (palm)sap.It is said to bring back Butuan’s hundred years of tradition. It’s been the native Butuanon’s drink even before the coming of the Spaniards. When in Butuan, try “Don Egmedio’s” Lacsoy. It is definitely the best tasting local wines in the island.

  15. I am having a feasibility study for a native wine house here in cebu..Do you have the prices for the Philippine native wines?

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  17. Hi,
    My name is Carlito, and I am working in a pretigious 5* hotel here in dubai.Everyday we are studying about wines from different grapes of different countries. It came to my interest that this will be a good business in my future. I used to make coconut wine(tuba)as well for my own consumption, I was thinking also if there is already discovered corn wines? Since we have corn and rice farm as well in CAMOTES ISLAND. If you can help me, please feel free to send me info here: Many thanks….

  18. Making wine is very unigue and depends if you want to be different from the rest of the world who make good and profitable wine. For me if I start my own winery, my purpose is the wine must be a medicine to our body and mind. If you can analyze all the profitable wine and alcohol, the alcohol content higher than 80% proof is not healthy to our body if you’ become addicted. Design a wine that will not affect our mind and and body and still in control .This is just a matter of chemistry formula and processing to have a healthy and profitable wine. The wine should be not be dangerous that will affect your your lungs and mind to mulfunction even though you’re addicted to drink as long as you drink this moderately. Most of the alcohol on the market in the Philippines wiith higher alcohol content are very dangerous. Your idea if you have a good formula will have a good result. Good luck to your success.

    Isles Winery Inc.

  19. Saan po ba nakakabili ng tuba sa Central Luzon?

  20. Hi Lily,
    You can buy tuba along national highway in Talavera, Nueva Ecija. tnx

  21. Any chance someone out there has some of the wine making chemical and equipment in the Philippines?. Looking for things like Campden Tablets, Bisulfite Tablets, Clarifier Tablets, Potassium sorbate or Sodium Benzoate, Nylon bags for crushing fruit. I’m a retired American living on Negros Oriental

  22. where can we buy potassium sorbate that is not in bulk,??

  23. Hi Fhaye,

    I have a friend who owns a pharmacy. Maybe he can lead us in the right direction. I\\\\\\\’ll get back to you if I find anything.

    Larry Cummins

  24. hi,where can i buy the yeast for making wine,and the campden well as the other accessories for making wine like flasks,airlock we have stores where i can find them here in the Philippines?thank you.


  25. Pharmacist was no help, but I will be going to the States at the end of the month. I’ll buy a lot of wine making chemicals and paraphernalia and send back a Balikbayan box. I have some stuff here, but no chemicals. I live on Negros and will get back to you guys when I return at the end of May.

  26. Over the last 5 years when I have visited the philippines I have been making wine in Cebu everything from Mango to Jackfruit and all has turned out very good (my in laws save me 1 bottle from 100 if I am lucky…lol). In the next 12 months I am planning to move from the UK and go into production. I too have problems in getting the yeast, nutrients etc in the Philippines so I am also planning to import these items and make them available as I am sure that this “hobby” would be popular in the Philippines.
    If you want to stay in touch on this maybe I can (in the future) help out
    My email is

  27. I am Lourdes Lota,, from Visayas State University, philrootcrops Center,, If you are looking for wines made from rootcrops. We have Taro wine with black Glutinous rice and Sweetpotato Wine just contact 09264813757.. Try to sip it,, It is all pure extract and have a good health benefits…

  28. Sir Norbert,

    Can you recommend a project site of lambanog making where I could visit and learn their technology?

    I am from the Province of Aurora.

    Maraming salamat po.

  29. Sir, maybe you can consider posting in this link about sugarcane wine or basi/ fayash from Mountain Province.. it is a wine which is really organic because they are not using yeast. They use a certain fruit from a wild tree.

  30. @Cristeta,it’s included on the list on the second page,thanks

  31. Hey, we are selling tuba wine anyone interested?? but our tuba wine is not just simply taken from the coconut tree and after a few weeks being sold out, making something special from simple things is a success, out tuba wine are stored for one year, before selling it out, and it comes in a beautiful container with our compnay name on it. If you try it, you will be proud of our own product, like european people are proud of thier own made wine made of grapes!… :) since we are just startng our business, we are limitting orders 1 to 10 galoons for every customer ,price of one galoon tuba is at 600 php for a one year old tuba the price is very reasonable. :)

  32. Hiyo. I love that list of juicy native Pi wines!!.
    My name is Angelo Roncari, Italian-American.. back in the early 60’s at the age of 12, I helped granpa and dad make grape wine in the basement in Detroit Michigan USofA. 200 gallons/yr was the law for home brewers, dad and gramps and family consumed 200 gal in 10 months then they would buy cartons of 4 gals per carton at the grocery to tie them over till the next grape season.
    I helped bring 40 cases of grapes down to the basement and then squeeze the grapes with the long handled wine press, the entire basment was devoted to this yearly making of wine.
    The most memorable taste of wine in my mind to this day is granpas white wine made from California Cucamonga grapes, thats what he called them. They were large and very sweet. That wine was addictive in flavor and quickly intoxicating, my guess is the alcohol content was way above 10%. They used old oak, 50 gal, whisky barrels, charred on the inside, , to ferment the must, then decant into washed 1 gal glass wine bottles, then decant again the final product. One year a sad thing happened, much of the wine went vinegar.
    I now live in Pagadian city Mindanao.. when in peak season mango prices are low enough to make lots of wine, but I need supplies.
    I will travel to any location to buy supplies. Ill check this site periodically to c if anyone has posted a supplier. If I locate one I will post.

  33. hi . .my name is jessie . My proposed thesis is all about Senibog wine of Higaonon from Bukidnon. .It is made up from cassava. Molds are used as fermenter. .Can you post more about wines fermented from molds. .

  34. Hi

    First is do you have Coconut Plantation about 20 Trees
    to get the sap or Tuba

    I am a Wine Maker in Paranaque from Sugar cane combine with grapes,


  35. Hi

    Where are you from do you have many Bignay How many trees
    Very Simple

    Get all the ripen fruit berry 3 to 4Kg for every 6 Liters
    Mass them or remove from the seed
    Blender the Meat of Bignay
    Boil with Water and Strain
    Add sugar 2.5kg
    1 teastpoon yeast
    Fermentation 2 to 3 months in Container with Airlock


  36. Hi

    This Tuba in Talavera are Coconut Juice boiled with and sugar
    to taste they are not real tuba he he he


  37. Hi! this is really awesome! i haven’t tasted tapoy from Mt. Province, but I already tasted Rice Wine of China and Japan. Does it taste the same? Thanks

  38. Hi Eduard

    I just came from Baler Last week What part of Aurora Town
    you live.You need 20 Trees for Tuba collecting Then after getting tuba in the morning,The cooking tru Boiler stainless with condenser or still

    The condenser passes tru Drum The coil tube around 20 coils
    Copper or stainlees inside the drum is full of Water as cooler or heat exchanger

    Your cooking is slow fire then you can produce 40% Alcohol or Ethanol Equivalent to 80% Proof


    We are maker of Fruit wine and Basi

  39. Yes Yakun wine are good for Diabetic because its low
    Glucemic value

    Like Palm Sugar or Coconut sugar


  40. quite interesting! more info please…

  41. Hi

    CDO,Bukidnon and Gensan and Polomolok has Potential for Pine apple Wine and Vinegar Cider

    No one is tapping this resources they have many materials
    in that Area,.It can help small business Enterpreneur and Job
    in that Area


  42. Re Jessie Ann Bojo’s research on cassava wine. The Philippine Root Crop Research and Training Center at VSU in Baybay, Leyte has developed a taro wine. No mold or yeast is used. Can you tell me more about your cassava wine project? Any wine in a bottle already, the name of the fermenter, and how much?

  43. Hi, Im Melody Nuval.. im a fourth year student of ISPSC- Candon Campus, Candon City, Ilocos Sur and now my partner, Jerick and I are currently having an experiment on Cassava Wine for our thesis.. hope this would be successful..

  44. Hi melody, it\\\’s jessie..
    is the process flow of your cassava wine the basic process of wine making?
    what fermentor will you use?
    is there other special ingredients added?
    cassava wine of higaonon uses \\\”tapay\\\”.

    for waray813: I have not gone yet in the location of the study. I also don\\\’t know what Senibog wine is. But, if I will finish my study, surely, i will post data that will help you.

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