They’re growing grapes at Santa Barbara
On my trip to Santa Barbara, I wouldn’t want to miss the grape orchard at Barangay Lanag. To tell you honestly, I haven’t seen grapes being grown here at our tropics and it was a surprise to me that here in Iloilo there’s a grape orchard. (I thought before that growing grapes in our country is at Ilocos region only.)
From the town proper, on our way to the Sta. Barbara Dam, we pulled over at Bgy Lanag and asked directions where Denila Farm is. Denila Farm is a three hectare grape orchard where tourists before can experience picking grapes and even taste them. The cool breeze blowing from the mountains and the warm and dry climate in Santa Barbara provide an ideal place to grow grapes. The variety of grapes grown are the green ones, as the common red to purple variety are more suited in the Temperate zone.
We were guided by one of the residents in a rough road and through nipa houses. When we arrived at Denila Farm, I cannot help but marvel on the crops grown there – papayas, guavas, and others. But I wonder where are the grapes?
At the farm house, we were met by the owner of the orchard. It was dismay that the grape vines were destroyed when the province was hit by typhoon Frank in 2008; so the farm is now prioritizing in growing other crops. Being an agriculturist, the owner told us that growing grapes is a meticulous but rewarding work. Today, the farm is working with few seedlings he brought from Ilocos and slowly but surely Denila Farm will have again grapes for us to pick and taste.
How to get there: Bgy Lanag is along the New Lucena – Sta Barbara Road. From the town proper one may ride jeepneys or ride tricycle. Travel time is about 10-15 minutes. A landmark nearest the farm is the bridge across the irrigation system.
Tags: Metro Iloilo - Guimaras, Sta. Barbara