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Cashew Wine from Honduras

Posted by StoneTempleHoldings, Apr 19, 2012.

The Tropical Caribbean Island of Roatan, proudly announces the first Cashew wine production and distribution. Stone Temple Holdings of Honduras is aiming to offer high quality products made from fresh tropical fruits and vegetables to the national and international markets industries. Acaxu’s wines desire is to introduce high quality beverages, made from raw materials available locally. 

Having observed the characteristics of the cashew fruit conferring it potential for wine making, and rescuing a generations old family tradition, the company introduced the Acaxú line of wines. Cashew fruit production began in Honduras in the 1980s. The crops were stimulated amongst peasant cooperatives in southern Honduras. After many efforts to establish the activity's commercial viability, nowadays the cooperatives, with support from the international development cooperation agencies have managed to market the fruit's nut. Although the fresh fruit is also sold, there is still ample potential for diversification.

Ours has been the intention of finding technically and commercially viable options to use the crop's fruit. After a stage of product development, the Acaxú line of products was introduced. We intend, using modern enological techniques, to sustain the production of quality, young, fresh, aromatic, crystalline and well balanced fruit wines. This adventurous and exotic wine is fermented from the juice of fresh Cashew fruits, grown in the village of Namasigüe in southern Honduras. It has been produced with faithful respect to modern enological techniques to give you a wine with the rich aroma and character of its exotic parent tropical fruit.

It can be enjoyed on its own, as an aperitif, paired with food, or after meals. These unusually complex varietals are, Seco, Semi Seco & Dulce. Acaxu matches exceptionally well with Oriental and Spicy foods, various types of poultry and cheeses.

The sweet version combines well with desserts. Acaxú also makes excellent cooking .wine. 


Reply by GregT, Apr 20, 2012.

OK this is completely spam but for the first time in my life, I'm intrigued.  Never had cashew wine, never thought about cashew wine, never dreamed such a thing could exist.

Reply by dmcker, Apr 20, 2012.

Yeah, especially that it's from the fruit part, not the nut....

From Wikipedia:

"The fruit of the cashew tree is an accessory fruit (sometimes called a pseudocarp or false fruit). What appears to be the fruit is an oval or pear-shaped structure that develops from the pedicel and the receptacle of the cashew flower.[1] Called the cashew apple, better known in Central America as "marañón", it ripens into a yellow and/or red structure about 5–11 cm long. It is edible, and has a strong "sweet" smell and a sweet taste. The pulp of the cashew apple is very juicy, but the skin is fragile, making it unsuitable for transport. In Latin America, a fruit drink is made from the cashew apple pulp which has a very refreshing taste and tropical flavor that can be described as having notes of mango, raw green pepper, and just a little hint of grapefruit-like citrus."


Hey, the tasting notes look a little like NZ sauvignon blanc! Just add a little cat piss.... ;-)

Actually I've had the fruit juice in Brazil. I've been aware of the distilled alcoholic form (have some vague memories of drinking some during some partying in Goa), but not 'wine', per se. Also from Wikipedia:


In Goa, India, the cashew apple (the accessory fruit) is mashed, the juice is extracted and kept for fermentation for 2–3 days. Fermented juice then undergoes a double distillation process. The resulting beverage is called feni. Fenny/feni is about 40-42% alcohol. The single distilled version is called "Urrac" (the 'u' is pronounced ~ 'oo') which is about 15% alcohol.

In the southern region of Mtwara, Tanzania, the cashew apple (bibo in Swahili) is dried and saved. Later it is reconstituted with water and fermented, then distilled to make a strong liquor often referred to by the generic name, gongo.

In Mozambique, it is very common among the cashew farmers to make a strong liquor from the cashew apple which is called "agua ardente" (burning water).

According to An Account of the Island of Ceylon written by Robert Percival[7] an alcohol had been distilled in the early twentieth century from the juice of the fruit, and had been manufactured in the West Indies. Apparently the Dutch considered it superior to brandy as a "liqueur."

Reply by StoneTempleHoldings, Apr 20, 2012.

Hi Guys, Ryan Saunders here. I am the distributor of Acaxu cashew wineand I can tell you that we have brought Acaxu up to commerical standards and the wine is actually quite dry compared compared to Goa and the cashew wines of Belize. The Belizian cashew wine is made more from back yard process and does not go through the same refinement process that we use. It sits as a dark amber color and is very sweet. Much like a 

Acaxu cashew wine from Honduras currently measures up to drier wines out there. It is very original in taste and it does have a strong fruit bouque but it is not liqueur or a liquoir, but an actual wine. This is a very exotic wine and has not been brought to mass production as of yet. Hence why majority of North Americans have never heard of the stuff.

This is an exotic wine that all major wine collectors should have in their collection. If I be of futher assistance to answer one elses questions out there on the topic I would love too. You can also check our website out You can also follow us on facebook under the company page or even befriend Acaxu Cashew Wine on facebook for inside scoop, cooking tips with the wine and so forth.

We also have other exotic wines that are currently being added to our line of wines this year and look forward to sharing more infomation with you all shortly. Cheers !

Reply by EMark, Apr 20, 2012.

OK, the "No sour grapes here" tag is hilarious.


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Apr 21, 2012.

Can you send me a sample or three?


Reply by Snoother 1378690, Oct 4, 2013.

love it.,!!!!

Reply by Snoother 1474340, Mar 3, 2014.
Hi Ryan Saunders Sir
 I wanted to fulfill my dream of becoming entrepreneur. so i started of searching best business to start off, mean time i have found that cashew apple wine manufacturing is very interesting. As in India in most of the places   after removing cashew these apples are thrown waste. i thought it will be best to use these apples to make wine either wasting the best resource. as i am new to this concept and knowing nothing about the wine making i goggled the manufactures  apparently i have found your company.
Now i request you to help me in this regard to learn more about this concept, if possible and if you allow i want to visit your manufacturing unit with my team for better knowledge and for meantime i can also have a contract with you as a dealer and promoter of Acaxus cashew wine product in India.
please help me further, looking for a positive response.
Reply by screen101, Mar 8, 2014.

Hello Charan. I am the actual cashew wine maker and sole owner of the Acaxú brand, Carlos Talavera, from Honduras. If you are serious in your intentions to sell our cashew wine in India, we could look into the possibility of supplying you with the product you require. This would have to be developed in time, as our production facilities are still small, although we are planning a significant  scale increase related to another international customer interested in our products. It will be some time before we see the expansion of our winery, but it is a proper moment were you to be seriously interested. One important thing is to establish your sales potential. You can contact me at Best regards.

Reply by Snoother 1896865, Aug 12, 2015.


I'm desesperately trying to get in contact with Carlos Talavera. I'm very interested to talk with him about developpement cashew wine factory in West Africa. We are ready to come in Honduras for visiting his factory.

If anyone know how to help me to set up a cashew wine factory, we are ready. As you know there big quantity of Cashew apple in West Africa and this will be a great opportunity.

you can contact me at this email adress:  or



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