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Saturday, 22 August 2015
World’s first blue wine goes on sale!
Keen to push beyond the realms of red, white and
rosé, a group of young Spaniards have broken the mould with the launch
of the world’s first blue wine.
As reported by Olive Press, six entrepreneurs in their ‘20s
have invented Gik, a bright blue wine from Bierzo in northwest Spain
made with red and white grapes.
The wine took two years to develop in collaboration with the
University of the Basque Country and Azti Tecnalia, the food research
department of the Basque Government.
A base wine is created from red and white grapes, then anthocyanin
and indigo pigments are added to turn it blue and the wine is softened
Its makers recommend serving the 11.5% abv Gik cold due to its
sweetness. The unconventional drop is aimed at younger consumers seeking
something different from their wine experience.
“We wanted to create an innovative and daring product in tune with
the changing world – the wine industry needs a little revolution,” a
spokesman told Olive Press.
The website describes the colour blue as representing “movement, innovation, fluidity, change and infinity”.
It continues with the following quote by Russian painter Wassily
Kandinsky: “The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man
towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure.”
The first batch has gone on sale for €10 a bottle via the Gik website and
the plan is to make the wine at different wineries across Spain
depending on demand. None of the six founders have any previous