Bang for the Peso Adams Bugnay Wine

Bugnay Berries

Adams, the one-barangay town high in the sylvan mountains, close by Pagudpud, knows its wines.

Adams, curiously, is a melting pot of tribal cultures. It has mastered the Cordilleran (Kankanaey) way of fermenting rice into a wine called tapuey. About 4 or 5 years ago, the local community introduced more wines, giving rise to a thriving wine industry.

Its wine made from bugnay (Antidesma bunius) fruit has become notoriously in demand. Touted to be the next wonder fruit, bugnay or bignay fruit is known to contain phytochemicals with potent antioxidants, which function to protect the body from free radical damage.

Adams Bugnay Wine

I sold about 20 boxes at a pre-Christmas eco bazaar some years back. A bottle of the sweet and tarty wine, costing just a little over a hundred pesos, can stand in lieu of fancy wines. I know of connoisseurs who have come to appreciate bugnay wine from Adams.

Buying from the Adams Wine Makers Association is synonymous with helping far-flung communities achieve their dreams.

Adams wines are available in Adams and at souvenir shops and select groceries in Ilocos.

Adams Bugnay Wine
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Paint me a rainbow in Adams


The sun endearingly lit up our Sunday roadtrip to the bucolic little town named Adams nestled in the northern end of the Cordillera Mountain Range. Yes, with a sigh of relief, there’s still such a sylvan habitat in Ilocos, and my homies immersed in the quiet elegance of nature. Peace on earth!

A Rainbow in AdamsRainbow on GreenThe road to AdamsFollow the leadThe river flowsRiverbankMarylaine in AdamsTourist Transport

The only public transport in Adams.

EvesSilong diay Adams

Silong diay Adams. Red mountain rice is enough only for local consumption.

Housing MaterialsLola Ingga and her wines

Lola Dominga Acupan gifts me with her famous Adams tapuey, and bugnay wine.

A tourist in AdamsA home in AdamsAdams homestay

One of the homestays in Adams. It is like a mini resort complete with a tilapia farm and koi fish breeding pond.

LotusLotus 3Saluyot Tea

Saluyot tea.

Fish FeedWhite KoiAdams Koi Fish PondBold PinkiesLove ShackMonkeyMorning RainVibrant DetailsLenie and Daniel

The Lenie, master cook in Adams, with husband Daniel. Not to miss is an indigenous lunch by the river, awesome local fare!

Adams lunch by LenieGinnetaan a Bilagot

Taro (bilagot) in coconut milk.


Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012