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Wine can be said to be the fruit of Western civilization. Its origins can be traced back to times when people processed wild grapes and made wine with the processed fruits. Over a span of many years, wine has taken shape mainly across the Mediterranean regions and has since become an integral part of culinary tastes around the world.

In Korea, too, the wine industry has evolved over the past few years. A wide selection of wine of high quality, produced mainly by large companies, is on sale in the market. There are wine bars that have sprung up across the larger cities, too. Now, the wine industry has gone beyond being just mass-produced by large companies. There are some masters who have produced for many years wine whose quality is excellent enough to compete with wines produced anywhere else in the world.

Seo Woo-seok has been turning sanmeoru wild grapes into high-quality wine for more than 30 years, in Paju, Gyeonggi-do Province. Seo founded the Sanmeoru Farmland along the slopes of Gamaksan Mountain, a region known for its ideal conditions for growing wild grapes, as it has sufficient sunshine and rich, well-drained soil. In the farmhouse, Seo manufactures wine with the harvested fruit and labeled the product after his own surname Seo, Meoru de Seo.

Meoru de Seo wine comes in two flavors: dry and sweet. It ranges in age from three and five years to as old as ten years. They have been beloved by wine aficionados both here at home and abroad. Seo's products have even reached wine-lovers beyond Korea in other parts of the world, including Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States.


Seo Woo-seok is the founder of Sanmeoru Farmland in Paju, Gyeonggi-do Province.

It was in 1977 when Seo settled in Paju. Back then, he engaged in the livestock industry, raising black goats. Looking for an ideal place to raise the animals, Seo headed out to the city and started his business on the slopes of Gamaksan Mountain.

One day, he encountered wild grapes growing in clusters and tasted the fruit. “They were really sweet. Instantly, I was convinced that if they were taken better care of, I would be able to harvest many more grapes,” he said.


Meor A selection of Meoru de Seo wines, produced by Sanmeoru Farmland. The company is run by Seo Woo-seok in Paju, Gyeonggi-do Province. His wines come in two flavors: dry (left) and sweet (right).


Pictured is a bottle of sweet Meoru de Seo wine.

To do this, however, he had to go through numerous trials and errors, Seo finally figured out a method to grow wild grapes and established sanmeoru cultivation areas, the first ever of its kind in the nation. He has since expanded his business beyond just grape cultivation to commercializing the fruit.

He then started to ferment wild grapes to make wine. The wild grape wine tastes both sweet and sour.



Sanmeoru Farmland in Paju, Gyeonggi-do Province, is equipped with a winery where fresh-picked wild grapes are fermented in specially designed vats.


Wild grape wine is aged in specially-designed earthenware vats.

Seo’s farm also runs a variety of hands-on programs, allowing visitors to pick wild grapes and to make their own wine, jam and chocolates from the fruit. A campground here allows people to have a barbecue and to stay the night surrounded by the scenic view of the mountains.


Visitors can make their own wine, chocolates and jams with fresh-picked wild grapes at Sanmeoru Farmland.

Korea.net sat down with Seo to hear more about his story.

- You used to grow mulberry trees, raise black goats and then you started in the wine business. The transition couldn't have been easy.

Three years into my life in Paju, I was driving a herd of black goats up the mountain to put the goats out to pasture. I took a rest, sitting on a rock, and discovered clusters of wild grapes growing all around me. After that, I ran into the fruit every time I went up the mountain.

I up rooted 12 wild grapevines and planted them in my front yard. Strangely, I could not see any of them bear fruit. After asking around, I discovered that there was one master, the late Kim Hong-jip, in Namyangju, Gyeonggi-do Province, who had developed a new species of wild grapevine designed for cultivation. I hopped on my motorcycle and headed over there to meet him.

When I asked him why my plants wouldn’t produce any fruit, he said that he himself had the same experience some 20 years prior. To deal with the problem, he studied for more than 20 years, developing a new species that could bloom both male and female flowers. When I bought some of his plants, he charged me so much everyone called it a rip off. I don’t think he ripped me off. Think about all the sweat and tears he had to shed for those 20 years. How could I say he ripped me off? He deserved it. Thanks to him, I have been able to grow to this day clusters of grapes that all bear fruit.


Seo Woo-seok's original grapevines still grow in front of the tower on his company's grounds.


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