Flores-Indonesia's Wine Tasting With Gerard

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Gerard D.

Nusa Tenggara Timur
English
2 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 8 people

FLORES’ WINE, locally known as Moke or Arak or Tuak. This virtual wine tour aims to discover the joy of tasting arak from the island of Flores, Indonesia. You will see and learn a series of arak-making processes both from lontar palm tree (Borassus flabellifer) and from Aren palm tree (Arenga saccharifera). The process starts with the preparation of working tools such as sliced knives, wooden tongs, containers for holding raw wine, then climbing palm tree, working on top of the palm tree, climb

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Flores Island, Indonesia

MOKE: Flores Style Friendship Drinks

FLORES’ WINE, locally known as Moke or Arak or Tuak. This virtual wine tour aims to discover the joy of tasting arak from the island of Flores, Indonesia. You will see and learn a series of arak-making processes both from lontar palm tree (Borassus flabellifer) and from Aren palm tree (Arenga saccharifera). The process starts with the preparation of working tools such as sliced knives, wooden tongs, containers for holding raw wine, then climbing palm tree, working on top of the palm tree, climb down the palm tree with container filled with raw wine, then continued with distillation process the arak in the huts to produce steam that comes out thru bamboo pipe and become alcoholic wine between 20 - 35 percent.

Flores is blessed with fertile land, abundant resources, and beautiful natural scenery. There you will find friendly and humorous people. Flores people no matter who you are, where you come from, what tribe, what religion, color and language you are, you will always be greeted with respect and the way you are.

Apart from having world-class tourism objects and attractions such as Komodo National Park--the Komodo Dragon, Kelimutu National Park with three crater lakes, each filled with water of different colors, Flores HOBBIT in Liang Bua Cave, Maumere Bay and Underwater Marine Park, Bena and Waerebho Traditional Village "Living Museum" and so much more..., Flores also has a culinary wealth that is no less delicious, such as Fish Soup in Tamarind, Lawar or fresh vegetables with peanut sauce, Smoked Tuna in Santan Soup, Cassava Noubosi, Porridge and many more.

And what is most unique about Flores Island is Lontar (Borassus flabellifer) and Aren (Arenga saccharifera) Wine or what is widely known throughout the island of Flores as Moke, Tuak or Arak, a type of alcoholic drink made from palm fruit or flowers.

All over the island of Flores the drink moke has many names such as Moke, Tuak, Sopi and Dewe, but the most familiar is Moke. Moke is not just a drink but has a very high cultural, economic and social value. Moke is a symbol of customs, a symbol of friendship and association between people.

Moke Moke is made traditionally and is a legacy that must be passed on to posterity. Generally this drinks is distilled in farmers' gardens using traditional equipment that is fully assembled and strong. Among them are like the main container in the form of a drum (previously our parents used to use an earthen pot) and 2 or 3 bamboo sticks each 8-12 meters long which are specially joined and glued using lontar fruits so that the distillation steam does not leak out at all.

Making a tavern requires patience and special skills. There are different types of arak or moke; ranging from regular moke, red moke to moke with the highest alcohol content which is very hard reaching 42 - 50%. Especially for moke with a high alcohol content, people usually call it "BO" or Burn on.

In Flores, Moke is very easy to find, available in various corners of the city and in villages along the island. In addition to ordinary moke with a low alcohol content of 20%, there are also those that are harder with an alcohol level of between 32 - 45% and people like to add them with traditional ingredients into the bottles or containers of tuak such as ginseng, fawn (baby deer), foal of seahorse, dick crocodile, paria roots and fruit and so on as immersion. The effect is not to get drunk but to add a sense of freshness, body fitness, increase vitality and for health.

The taste is strong and fragrant, making tuak/ moke the most delicious drink at various events such as family gatherings, welcome parties, weddings, and so on. The joy of moke lies not in taste alone, but how to drink it, with whom, where, and with what you drink it--that's the secret to enjoying tuak as the most delicious drink.

Who are you drinking with? Moke tastes great when drunk together, sitting in a circle. You will enjoy moke with a full sense of kinship, a sense of brotherhood, the typical hospitality of the Flores people, chatting honestly and of course with their own distinctive humor. Familiarity will keep you from getting out of the circle.

Where are you drinking? Tuak will not taste good if it is drunk in the house, room, or a closed room. You will feel the sensation of drinking tuak when you are with other people outside the room such as under a shady tree, on the beach or in the yard, of course, while sitting in a circle.

What do you drink with? You will not enjoy tuak without snacks such as peanuts, mango, tamarind fish sauce or what the Maumere people call 'lepeng'. Lepeng or friends to drink the most distinctive and delicious tuak are Fish Soup, Grilled Fish, Goat Soup, Grilled Banana and Tomato Sambal.

Fresh fish soup, for example, will be felt when it enters the throat, then followed by an injection of a glass of tuak which will feel warm on the body and coated with roasted banana dipped in tomato sauce, make you sweat, delicious... and feel the world belongs to you alone...

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

• A series of traditional lontar palm wine making process: praying before climbing the tree, climbing the palm tree, working on the palm tree--slicing palm fruit, changing the bamboo reservoir, cleaning dry leafs, climb down the tree bring along with fresh raw juice, then continue working on distillation process under the cottage, until the distilled wine comes of out of the bamboo.

• Guide's round trip transportation 4 hours to and from wine making location.

• Lunch Guide.

• Guide fee.

What‘s not included

• Your Network Fee.

• Any expenses unless specified as included in the Price Include above.

Important Information

This tour is available twice a week and must be booked 3 days prior to day D.

* Feel free to personalize above itinerary offer with Gerard!

* In the Comfort of Your Home.

The idea of this virtual tour is to give you the opportunity to travel from the comfort of your own home, even though the world is still hit by the corona virus (Covid-19).

And the brilliant idea is to introduce to you what it is like to taste the delicious wine from Flores-Indonesia. Not only drinking, but you can also chat with the wine maker.

* Meeting time will be fixed as per discussion with you, because we need to consider time difference.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 48 hours prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - less than - 24 hours before the meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I order?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, you can contact us by phone or email.

Where are the start and end points of the tour?

Once you have secured your booking, the start and end points of your tour can be adjusted according to your convenience (eg: at your home, at a hotel, station, or anywhere else you want). We will send the tour link to you after you make the payment.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or reject) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed via email from GoWithGuide.

Is the price per person or per group?

Prices are charged per group. This means that you make a one-time payment for the whole group and the price will not change if the number of people is less or more.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept additional people (more than the specified number) for an additional fee. Please check extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly for clarification.

Will there be other tourists on my tour?

No! Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, no other tourist group will be together in your tour.

Can the guide pick me up at the airport?

Yes, but there will be an additional charge for that and not by car. The guide will pick you up using public transportation. For more details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm traveling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. The price depends on which guide you choose.

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