World’s first blue wine goes on sale

21st July, 2015 by Lucy Shaw

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 with sweeteners.

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 winemaking experience.

18 Responses to “World’s first blue wine goes on sale”

  1. Liam Young says:

    Yet another reason to have full nutritional and ingredient labeling requirements for alcohol products.

  2. Loucha says:

    They make me lose one of my favorite joke about wrong and simplist ideas about rosé wines and women: “if rosé wine is for girls, why is there not a blue wine for boys?”

    Anyway, given how this blue wine is made, it must taste like smurf pee….which I never tasted, but I imagine!

  3. Alison Crowe says:

    Greetings- I’m not sure when this product was launched but I know it’s been out for over a year in the US Market:

    Blanc de Bleu “Cuvee Mousseux”
    http://www.bevmo.com/Shop/ProductDetail.aspx/Wine/Champagne-Sparkling/California/Blanc-de-Bleu/Blanc-de-Bleu-Cuvee-Mousseux/44922
    The wine is actually blue, not the bottle.

    • Neet says:

      To whomever left the site about the wine, that is not the same wine they are talking about. This wine is called GIK. If it just came out, it’s probably not here yet.

  4. Sunshine says:

    I’m sure it’s pretty, but it’s not remotely the first blue wine.

  5. Poiter says:

    Blue wine sounds great, the spaniards should give it a go I grew up with Blue Nun as a child watched other poeple drink it I was under age well maybe a sip was a tasty wine also enjoyed Black Tower back in those days cheers..

  6. David Wilson says:

    If it takes food coloring to satisfy the desires of a younger generation, I say, “Focus on the quality of the wine, not its color. Eventually, those resisting red, white and rose will discover that true wine lovers are color blind.”

  7. Pete Johns, Founding Partner of New Kent Winery, would be extremely proud.

    Tom Payette
    Winemaking Consultant

  8. Matt M says:

    So it’s not blue wine it’s just another RTD? Next!

  9. Alex S says:

    According to a friend who’s just tried it, it’s truly awful (he couldn’t finish the tasting sample…).

  10. toni says:

    When will we be able to purchase the blue wine in uk please. Really want to try it. It looks nice and refreshing.

  11. Can we import your blue wine GIK in The Netherlands?

  12. Nicky says:

    I deal with 2 of the largest markets here in the USA.
    Please contact me at organicwinebeerconsulting@yahoo..com
    305-301-8868

  13. Debbie says:

    A dog on the label…. Lol…maybe I better pass

  14. GikWine says:

    Ingredients are on its label, but not mentioned on website, so it would be revealed after you got the bottle(s).
    It contains: E950 (Acesulfame K), E955 (sucralose), E952 (cyclamic acid) artificial sweeteners (labelled as “non caloric sweetener”) – two of it is suspected carcinogen, causing DNA-damage, altering neurological function etc…

    Good chioice?

  15. Robb says:

    Is it availible in British Columbia canada

  16. Sue Mackenzie says:

    Were can I buy this?

  17. Lydia Bombon says:

    where can I buy this blue wine in california

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