La Union Province is known for its dried fishes, anchovies, savory Ilocano dishes, beaches, falls, and swell (waves).
Recently, San Juan, La Union became the surfing capital of Northern Philippines.
Surprisingly, the Ilocandia province still has more to offer. If Benguet Province has strawberry picking, La Union has grape picking.
Vineyards in Bauang, La Union sprang in early 1970s. Vineyards was only a hobby of La Union Agriculturist Mr. Avelino Lomboy, aka King of Philippine grapes, not knowing that his hobby of vineyard cultivation would flourish and would become fruitful after 30 years.
His grape farm located in Barangay Urayong, Bauang, La Union is acclaimed as the pioneer in Philippine vineyards.
After procuring their grape cutting from Lomboy farm, Joe Gapuz’s grape farm likewise started to propagate viticulture in his locality and commercialize his produce. Eventually, his vineyard business has spread tremendously and has become a livelihood in the province of La Union.
These days, Lomboy farms within La Union have attracted tourists from all walks of life and have expanded its farms from its origin in Bauang Municipality to the neighboring Caba Municipality to cater to the tourists who frequent the place to experience grape picking.
LOMBOY AND GAPUZ’S FARMS
Lomboy Farm has a gate entrance of P100 and P150 for grape picking. The grape picking price varies depending on the color of the grapes you want to pick.
On the other hand, Gapuz farm has no entrance fee. Gapuz only charges customers P250 per head for grape picking while P20 for taking photographs inside the farm. They also offer festive meals like a boodle fight.
Indeed, it makes a big difference in your northern Luzon travel when you make a side trip to these farms in La Union Province.