Five decades ago, a religious order of Belgian priests
and nuns crossed the continent to set foot in the cold mountains
of Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines, to
bring forth the birth of a new religious order of Nuns for
the Natives of the Cordillera.
Together with the Word of God, these Belgian founders of
this new congregation introduced the western tradition of
fruit wine making. A secret fruit wine recipe from Belgium
which was handed down through generations was taught to the
Native professed Nuns using the fruits of the locale such
as strawberries, cherries and guavas.
On a feasibility study on food business in the year 1999,
a gentleman from Imus, Cavite who is also knowledgeable in
Music Theatre was introduced to this congregation not as an
entrepreneur but as a person who could write, compose and
direct a Musical Stage Play which will be shown as a vocation
campaign in the whole of the Cordillera. Because of his innate
love for music, theatre and arts coupled with his commitment
to charity and service for the Lord, the said Musical Stage
Play was brought to life. In gratitude for this act of charity,
the secret fruit wine recipe was wholeheartedly handed down
to him by the congregation as a gift of appreciation. This
secret fruit wine recipe became the base reference of a new
discovery in wine fermentation.
The Lord in His mysterious ways worked on the entrepreneur
heart of this gentleman and having the Philippines as the
finest Mango producing country in the world, Mangoes both
the unripe green and ripe sweet yellow were made to be the
main ingredients in wine fermentation experiments and after
a year of thorough research and study, a new improved and
innovated fruit wine recipe with exotic, exquisite, smooth
and excellent world class taste was discovered and formulated.
The holy secret turned Mangoes into wine, the Don Roberto's
green (dry) mango wine and Don Roberto's sweet (yellow) mango
wine which was formally launched at the ARKDIA along Remedios
St., Malate, Metro-Manila on Sunday, December 2, 2001 at 7:30
p.m. with all the media coverage.
Because of this amazing discovery, the said entrepreneur
was invited to become an active member of the Likhang Kabitenyo
Foundation, Inc., an association of inventors and creative
entrepreneurs of the Province of Cavite, the Coffee Capital
of the Philippines. With much inspiration, he came up with
another unique wine which is made and fermented from a special
blend of the finest coffee beans of Cavite. This time the
holy secret turned coffee into wine, the Don Roberto's brewed
The unique label and packaging of the MANGO WINE was awarded
with a Trophy & Certificate of Merit for Packaging
Excellence known as the PHILSTAR
AWARD by the Packaging Institute of the Philippines
given last September 25, 2002 at the World Trade Center of
Likewise it won First Prize-Gold Award
in the prestigious FINAT International Label Competition
2003 which was held in Vienna, Austria last
June 4-7, 2003.
This gentleman from Imus, Cavite is Roberto "Oby"
R. Castañeda who founded Don Roberto's Winery on October
25, 2000 at his residence at No. 2 Toclong First, Imus, Cavite
4103 Philippines. However, from a small single proprietorship
institution it has grown into a corporation which was approved
and duly registered on October 21, 2002 by the Philippine
Securities and Exchange Commission and now known as Don Roberto's
WINERY CORPORATION with its head office and factory located
at Doña Enriqueta Building, 100 Gen. E. Topacio Street,
Imus, Cavite 4103 Philippines.