Ilocos Norte, DLCI introduce innovative wine products to int’l market


Dec. 15, 2015 ...

Adding to the world-class quality products made by the oldest distillery in the country Destileria Limtuaco & Co., Inc. (DLCI), two all new Ilocano-inspired wines were launched recently in collaboration with the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN).

In a formal gathering held last December 1, 2015 at the Victorino’s Restaurant in Quezon City, Governor Imee R. Marcos took pride on the Dragon Fire Dragon Fruit Wine and the ‘Imeldifique’ Cooking Wine which represent the whole Ilocandia culture and tradition.

“This is a ‘Solid North’ launch, indeed, not just for some political candidacies, but more importantly, for the culture and heritage that is Ilocos and the entire Ilocandia.”

She also introduced the Ilocana pioneer of the dragon fruit industry in the north, Edita Dacuycuy, who was then in search for an alternative aid for her daughter’s health condition.

Known for its various health benefits, the dragon fruit (locally named as Saniata) is processed into different kinds of desserts, dishes and baked products.

This time, the dragon fruit will also be recognized as a high quality wine for its vibrant magenta color and distinct flavorful taste.

The ‘Imeldifique’ Cooking Wine, on the other hand, is DLCI’s another creation infused with native garlic, onions and salt which is perfect for cooking dishes especially for sautéing.

“Ang ating produkto na galing sa Ilocos Norte ay in-infuse sa alcohol, at kung sinumang hindi marunong magluto, tinatamad o nagmamadali, isang buhos lang ng ‘Imeldifique,’ eh talagang ‘Imeldifique’ na yung lasa,” Gov. Marcos said.

According to DLCI, the product was conceptualized “to provide convenience in the sourcing of native garlic and onions…to make the cooking process easier by eliminating the need to chop fresh garlic and sauté it in oil…and to create a bigger market for the farmers in Ilocos Region.”

It was during the International Food Exhibition (IFEX) on May 2015 when Gov. Marcos saw DLCI’s Vigan Basi and considered partnering with the company to create wine using the locally-grown products of Ilocos Norte.

PGIN was then one of the exhibitors featuring the native chili, garlic, mango, dragon fruit and various processed foods from the province.

“Little did I know that all the inspiration I'd need was to be found here in our country… The wealth of knowledge and the generosity of our cuisines and its people have fermented not only in the recipes…but also in my heart and consciousness as well,” famous Chef Heny Sison said.

By launching the Dragon Fire Dragon Fruit Wine and Imeldifique Cooking Wine, Gov. Marcos believes that the Ilocano’s “culinary angst” will again take the spotlight in the international food industry with the expertise of DLCI in wine innovation.

Keen in boosting the local economy of the province, Gov. Marcos assured that PGIN will continue supporting Ilocano farmers and promoting local produce from Ilocos Norte in the global market.