Vino de Coco pushed as Leyte’s official wine

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

OFFICERS and owners of the locally-made Vino de Coco clarified that the purpose in pushing for the recognition of their product as the official wine of Leyte province is to provide a benchmark for quality wine that can compete in the global market.

Timothy Paraliza, senior vice president of DJ Crater Inc., the local producer of Vino de Coco based in Marasbaras, Tacloban City, said that before they could introduce the coco wine (tuba) in the international market and become globally competitive, it has first to be recognized amongst the people in the province and the region.

A proposal asking for the locally produced Vino de Coco as the official wine of Leyte was recently sent before members of the Provincial Board of Leyte. However, the proposal was met with several opposition among which includes the apprehension that this may affect business and production of other local tuba or coco wine makers in the province.


“We have to see it in another angle and one that is looking forward into the future of tuba. What we are trying to do is to enlarge the market of tuba that would benefit local coco wine producers in the province and the region,” Paraliza said.

He said they are refuting some doubts raised because what they are actually trying to do is open up a new market. Otherwise, tuba will remain stagnant.

He added that their purpose is to exploit all other options for the tuba industry which has not been explored by the local industry before.

Once recognized by and among the local folks, Paraliza said, it would put leverage in marketing the product internationally and even among foreign tourists who visit the country.

“With an enlarged market, this would also benefit coco farmers and coco wine producers and not just us,” Paraliza disclosed.

Vino de Coco, which was founded by George Vacal Paraliza and Tila Paraliza in 2010, is the first premium coconut wine (tubâ) approved by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). Coconut wines produced here contains best quality coconut saps harvested by selected farmers who conform with the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA)’s guidelines of responsible farming. Made from fresh coconut sap, Vino de coco comes in 3 flavors: Dry Red, Sweet Red and Sweet White.

Vino de Coco‘s coconut winery is located at Marasbaras, Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines.

It was Mr. Paraliza’s dream to come back to the Philippines and apply his craft after retiring from a successful career in the oil industry and hobby in wine making in the United States. That dream was to develop the finest wine that wine connoisseurs will enjoy all over the world. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)


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