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The Wonderful World of Traditional Korean Wines
Date 02-14-2020 10:59
The Wonderful World of Traditional Korean Wines


France has its wines; Germany, its beers; and Japan, its sake. But what about Korea? Alcohol connoisseurs want to know! Here are venues where you can learn to brew traditional alcohols, using select local ingredients.





Three Generations Dedicated to Makgeolli-Making: Boksoondoga, Ulsan


Makgeolli is undistilled wine made with rice, the Korean staple. Boksoondoga in Ulsan has been making housemade makgeolli for three generations now. In fact, its makgeolli was even featured as the official toasting drink at the Cheongwadae Banquet for Foreign Legates in 2013. This makgeolli is made with newly harvested rice from local producers and traditional yeast, and is fermented naturally at low temperatures without any additives or preservatives. As a drink, it boasts an exceptional taste and probiotic content.
You can taste freshly made makgeolli for free upon visiting Boksoondoga. For the best taste, shake the bottle well and, while holding it tilted at 45 degrees, keep opening and closing the cap to let out carbonate content. Pour the makgeolli into a bowl, and you can see the natural carbonate bubbles from the fermented yeast. As refreshing and smooth-tasting as a glass of golden champagne, this is sure to please even novices. You can also join a makgeolli class by making a reservation ahead. Mix the jiebap (steamed rice used for brewing rice wine) with yeast and water, and stir well. Take it home with you, and wait for a few days before tasting the delicious concoction.




Tel. : +82-1577-6746, boksoon.com
Address : : 48, Hyangsandong-gil, Sangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan



Take a Makgeolli Sommelier Class: Baengnyeon Yangjo Culture Center, Dangjin


Dangjin in Chungcheongnam-do is home to a historic makgeolli brewery that has been operating for over eight decades. Baengnyeon Makgeolli from Sinpyeong Brewery is renowned for its bold taste, made unique by the addition of lotus leaves. To learn more about the brewery process, Baengnyeon Yangjo Culture Center right next to the brewery offers various programs: two-hour–long makgeolli-making and makgeolli sommelier classes, and three-hour–long spirit tasting and yeast pancake-making classes. All these are popular among international visitors. Here, you can learn about the history and tradition of Korean liquors as well as the philosophy of Sinpyeong Brewery.



Tel. : +82-41-362-6080, koreansul.co.kr
Address : : 813, Sinpyeong-ro, Sinpyeong-myeon, Dangjin-su, Chungcheongnam-do



Korea’s Wine Capital: Yeongdong Winery Tours


If you would like to taste wines made from grapes cultivated in Korea, head over to Yeongdong, Chungcheongbuk-do. The region, which makes 13% of all grapes produced nationwide, is home to over 40 farm wineries, some of which even possess wine cellars in caves. Especially recommended are Sanmac Winery and Doranwon Château Miso. Sanmac is where you can taste wines produced by an artist. You can also enjoy a garden party, enjoying a few glasses of wine and painting traditional Korean fans. Doranwon won the grand prize at the Korea Liquors Contest with its rose wine. Its ice wine even went on to win the gold medal at the Asia Wine Trophy. You can learn to create wine-based cocktails and make your own wine glasses.



> Sanmac Winery

Tel. : +82-43-745-3888, www.sanmacwine.com
Address : : 31-45, Sanmakgol-gil, Yeongdong-eup, Yeongdong-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do

> Doranwon Château Miso

Tel. : +82-43-743-2109, www.doranwon.modoo.at
Address : : 143, Yujeonjangcheok-gil, Maegok-myeon, Yeongdong-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do