INDIAN WINE ACADEMY
Specialists in Wine & Food Programmes; Creators of an Extensive Database of Food & Beverage Professionals and Importers across India; Publishers of delWine, India’s First Wine, Food, Retail & Hospitality eNewsletter
A-458, Defence Colony
New Delhi – 110048
Phone- +91-11- 41622892 & 26438755
ACTIVITIES: A SUMMARY
Indian Wine Academy is a New Delhi-based market development consultancy firm with extensive contacts among food and beverage professionals and hotel management institutes around the country. It helps to facilitate increased consumption of wine and promotion of wine culture India .
The Academy was launched in 2003 by Subhash Arora, President, Delhi Wine Club, Net entrepreneur, wine promoter and journalist, international judge and author, aided by Sourish Bhattacharyya, a food and wine journalist with 22 years behind him in the profession-now the Executive Editor, Mail Today. Together they co-authored the Italian Wine Guide 2006, a guide to listed Italian wines in India.
Indian Wine Academy launched delWine, the country’s first eNewsletter on wine, food business, retail and hospitality sectors in April, 2006. The complimentary newsletter is sent to 23,000 subscribers in 39 countries once a week - 507 issues have been sent till June 2012. It gives useful information about the Indian wine industry while briefing about the world markets too. It also briefly monitors the hospitality industry and Retail-the two key segments important for the wine sector. The subscribers include producers, food and wine importers and exporters, hospitality decision-makers, consumers, retail sector heads and hotel management institutes and students.
Cav. Subhash Arora
Subhash Arora is a noted wine writer, author, journalist, international judge, speaker, consultant, educator and a wine club promoter. He is the Editor and major content provider of delWine. He is also the India Correspondent of Meininger’s Wine Business International, Germany.
Arora is an electrical engineer from IIT Delhi and is an FIE, the highest level of membership in the national professional association. After working in Germany for a year, he went on to the US and completed his MSIE and MBA from the University of Minnesota. An IT entrepreneur, he has been a wine evangelist and ambassador for the last 10 years.
As a judge for 28 international competitions, he has participated in the following tastings; due to paucity of time he has had to regret several competitions:
2012: WSA Wine Challenge (Panel Pres), Concours Bruxelles Mondial (Portugal).
2011: Mundus Vini (Neustadt), Mondial du Pinot Noir, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Luxembourg,Wine for Asia Singapore (Panel Pres)), Cathay Pacific IWSC Hong Kong (Panel Pres)
2010: Cathay Pacific IWSC Hong Kong, Mundus Vini (Neustadt), Michelangelo Wine Awards (Stellenbosch), Grand Hyatt Catad'Or (Santiago), Vinoble 2010 (Jerez), Selezione del Sindaco (Brindisi); Concours Mondial de Bruxelles ( Palermo); Vinitaly Concorso (Verona), Wine Style Asia (Singapore) (President), India Wine Challenge (Mumbai).
2009: Mundus Vini (Neustadt), Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (Valencia), Wine for Asia (Singapore) (President)
2008: Mundus Vini (Neustadt), India Wine Challenge (London), India Wine Challenge (Delhi). South African Airways 2009 (Paarl)
2007: Mundus Vini (Neustadt), India Wine Challenge (London), India Wine Challenge (Delhi)
2006 Vinitaly Concorso (Verona)
He participated in the Torino Wine Show twice and the Alba White Truffle Show in 2009. He was the only Indian delegate at the first ever World Wine Symposium held at Villa d’Este, Lake Como in 2009, 2012where he could not go in 2010 but is invited again for 2012.
He was invited to speak and meet producers at Vinitaly in Verona in 2002 and 2006, Alimentaria 2006 (Barcelona) and Madrid Fusion 2007. He was invited to deliver talks on the Indian market and consumer trends at Fenavin 2007 at Ciudad de Real, Spain, Prowein 2007, Vinitaly 2006 and Wine for Asia 2005 and 2008. He was invited to speak at the first National Wine Convention of IGPB in Delhi, 2010, Fruit Wine Conference in Shillong in 2011 and several other platforms in India including visiting overseas delegations.
He was invited by the Government of Rioja to participate in the Grandes de la Rioja 2006 tasting of the region's wines. He went for the Tuscan Tastings in Feb. 2009, 2010 and 2011 where he tasted the new arrivals of Chianti Classico, Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino. He has also been in May 2009, 2010 and 2011 to Alba to taste Barbaresco, Barolo and Roero newly released vintages. He visited Porto and Douro wineries and Priorat regin in Spain in 2011 and Austrian Wine Summit before that. He visits regularly various wineries in the world- tasting different varietals. He was invited at the prestigious Premier Napa Valley auction in 2012. He is also a member of the Wine Century Club.
Some of the other shows where he went as a journalist were TopWine 2006, 2008 ( Huelva , Andalucía) and Vinoble - the biennial international exposition of dessert and fortified wines in 2006, 2008, 2010 in Jerez, Vinitaly 2008, Cape Wine Show 2008, Arezzo Wines 2009, Riminifiera 2010. He has been invited to Italy several times to visit vineyards and wineries of Prosecco, Torino and around, Soave, Valpolicella, Friuli, Chianti Classico and Montalcino, Piemonte, Sicily and Marche. . He also frequents the USA, visiting a biennial international wine and heart health convention and California vineyards.
Under the leadership of Arora, the Delhi Wine Club he founded in 2002 has successfully organized 194 dinners till April, 2012. He is also the founder Chairman of the Mumbai Chapter called Terroir One. He has organised many other wine promotional events in the leading hotels and restaurants in Delhi including one at the Estate of the President of India. He has conducted similar events in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chandigarh.
In the first-ever survey conducted by Wine Business International, he was voted the best wine journalist of India in 2006. He was nominated for the ‘Best Foreign Wine Journalist Award’ by the Grandi Cru d’Italia, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The website www.indianwineacademy.com was voted as the best Website 2011 by the jury.
Mr. Subhash Arora was knighted by the Italian President in 2009 and awarded the official title of Cavaliere, for his meritorious efforts in building friendly ties between India and Italy through wine promotion and education. He also co-authored Italian Wine Guide 2007, the first book of its kind in India.
Mr. Arora was the first-ever Indian to be awarded the prestigious OIV Merit Award at the 34th International Conference on Vines and Wines in Porto, Portugal on June 24, 2011 for his outstanding service to the vine and wine industry globally