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FRUZZANTE marches on with New Fruit Wine Labels and Investment
Indian wine industry may be in financial quagmire due to Covid but the Bordi–based Maharashtra fruit wine producer Hill Zill Winery is expecting an astronomical increase in sales this year with a revamp of their production and sales and marketing plans by the new investor and Director, Deepak Bhatnagar (DB) who plans a national footprint with starfruit, pineapple, mango, strawberry, chikoo and orange fruit wines and honey mead, writes Subhash Arora who visited the resort winery last year and feels there is a great potential for their low alcohol fruit wines and wine tourism.
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Manjunath VG: Viticulturist Extraordinaire of Grover Zampa Vineyards
Professional journey of Manjunath VG Vice President Grover Zampa Vineyards, as Viticulturist in Indian Wine Industry and keeping a balance between different soils and growing conditions in Nashik, Charosa, Baramati and Bangalore is really noteworthy and is an absolute stimulation for me and motivates me to feature him amongst the wine passionate personalities, writes Sheetal Kadam
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Diageo sold Four Seasons Winery at Rs. 31.86 crores, losing over £2 Mn
Diageo which bought a majority stake in United Spirits from Vijay Mallya and landed with The Four Seasons Winery, had sold it finally to Grover Vineyards through Ravi Viswanathan, the PE investor from Singapore and the current majority shareholder and Chairman of Grover Zampa Vineyards, for Rs. 31.86 crores rupees, at a book loss of £2 million (Rs. 19.5 crore), writes Subhash Arora who had estimated the fair price at Rs. 30-35 crores
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Vallonne Winery: Excellent Destination for complete Wine Experience
Vallonne in Igatpuri, 20 kms short of Nashik, is a boutique winery that produces around 13 labels and has a restaurant, guest rooms and an ambience that makes it an ideal wine tourism and get-away destination for a complete wine experience, writes Sheetal Kadam whose first visit to Vallonne boutique winery before the lockdown was incredible, as she is still figuring out the merits of the winery
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Heritage: Sula spells KADU in Karnataka
Armed with progressive thinking and magic wand, Rajeev Samant, Founder Director of Sula Vineyards, not only made a smart decision to buy Heritage Winery near Bangalore, 3 years ago but refurbished the winery completely within 2 years and has been despatching within Karnataka from here since last September with wine tourism being next on the anvil, writes Subhash Arora who visited the winery last week during a personal visit to Bangalore
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Anteprima Toscana 2019: Visit to Tenuta Bossi Estate of Marchesi Gondi in Chianti Rufina
I was impressed by the Chianti wines from Tenuta Bossi in Pontessieve in Chianti Rufina zone first in 2017 and decided to explore further by visiting the estate and tasting the range of these wines, writes Subhash Arora who had an opportunity last month to visit with Gerardo Gondi, the elder son of the owner Marchesi Bernardo Gondi, who drove him to the family estate with gorgeous views of and from the Estate, and taste some very palatable and pleasing wines
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Tuscan Tasting 2019: Indian Couple Manvi making Wine in Montepulciano
An Indian banker couple named Manvi from Hyderabad, who left India 30 years ago and worked in banks in Switzerland and Canada, landed in Montepulciano in Tuscany 4 years ago to make wine and settled down learning about making and selling wines from the region, writes Subhash Arora who is touched by their passion for quality wines and love for the hard work it involves
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Tuscan Tasting 2018: Poggiotondo Chianti Wines from Alberto Antonini are Super
Alberto Antonini who owns Poggiotondo winery in a small town in the Chianti region- Cerreto Guidi near Florence in Tuscany and 5 kms from Vinci where Leonardo Vinci was born, is a winemaker’s winemaker, producing excellent quality of Chianti and working as a consultant , was not there when I went to visit his winery a couple of months ago after the Tuscan Tastings but his wife Alessandra Renieri organised to pick me up from Grand Hotel Baglioni in Downtown Florence and show me the vineyards, writes Subhash Arora who finally managed to visit the Estate this year
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Duckhorn Dinner at Wasabi Excites Palates
Duckhorn is a good example of a winery founded by a passionate couple and brought to a level where it was internationally famous and profitable to sell out to a PE firm GE Partners which could take it to astronomical heights, with quality getting better to a point where the flagship Three Palm Merlot was chosen as no.1 wine in 2017 by Wine Spectator, writes Subhash Arora who enjoyed the Duckhorn wine dinner presented at Wasabi , at the Taj Mahal Restaurant by Marc Jolly, Director of Sales, Asia Pacific for Duckhorn Wine Company
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Visit to Nashik Wineries by an MW from Bordeaux
It is futile and unhelpful to make any comparisons, but the passion and desire to make better quality wine left a deep impression on John Salvi MW who recently spent 3 days visiting vineyards in Nashik and tasting several wines at Gateway Hotel Nashik along with the host for his trip, Subhash Arora and shares his impressions of Indian wineries from the visit
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Raymond Vineyards: A Luxurious Napa Experience
Raymond Vineyards is one of the premium Napa Valley wineries which was founded in Saint Helena in 1970 and changed hands a couple of times before being purchased in 2009 by Jean- Charles Boisset , on behalf of the third biggest family winery Jean Claude Boisset in Burgundy, which has a luxurious experience to offer the visitors besides the taste of some excellent wines, writes Subhash Arora who visited the winery earlier this month and also met Jean Charles during the private Tasting
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Fratelli Vineyards: Wining Weekend with Winemaker PM
Piero Masi, the Italian winemaker of Fratelli was at the winery on his scheduled visit to blend and tweak 2016 vintage wines when I decided visit the winery and spend a week-end with him and understand his winemaking philosophy of Fratelli wines, writes Subhash Arora who visited the Akluj winery, tasting the latest vintage of the complete range , visiting the three vineyards, tasting wines in the cellar, tanks and the tasting room and ending with tasting wines of a few wineries in Karnataka and leaving with the impression that he is a priceless asset for the winery
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Wineries of Greece visited: Gaia Nemea Winery
Gaia Winery in Nemea is the second winery constructed by Dr. Yiannis Paraskevopoulos and his partner Leon Karatsalos (Agriculturalist) in 1997 after founding one in 1994 in Santorini which made him world-famous, to become one of the only 8 wineries in the world that have been experimenting with maturing wines under-sea, and ageing Assyrtiko, the signature grape of Santorini, writes Subhash Arora who visited the Nemea Winery a couple of months ago
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Visiting Greek Wineries- Cavino Wineries and Distilleries
Situated in the small city of Aigio, near Patra in the wine region of Peloponnese, Cavino is a one of the big privately owned wineries with a lot of wine and spirit making history behind them, producing 9 million bottles of quaffable and affordable wines, with the apple of the eye being those from Mega Spileo Single vineyards that are so beautiful and charming that they must be on the bucket list of every wine traveller, writes Subhash Arora who visited the winery, 2-hour drive from Athens and was mesmerized by the Mega Spileo Vineyards and the Monastery and liked several wines a couple of which are being imported by the Mumbai based food and wine importer, Chenab Impex Pvt Ltd.
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Greece: Land of Malagousia and Ktima Gerovassiliou Winery
Greece is one of the oldest European countries producing wine from indigenous grape varieties but has not been in the limelight because of lack of export efforts and unenviable quality but during the last couple of decades it has been in the news because of tremendous improvement in quality and sustained export efforts, writes Subhash Arora who was overwhelmed with the outstanding quality of indigenous varieties after visiting several wineries and tasting diverse wines last month and feels the time is ripe for Greek wines to make a grand entry into India, starting with Ktima Gerovassilliou
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Chandon: Indian Sparkling Avatar of Champagne
Chandon India, fully owned subsidiary of Moet Hennessy India, importer of Moet Chandon and other champagnes from its parent company, launched two Indian sparkling wines in October 2013 and has been crushing in its own winery since 2014 but the new, modern winery was formally inaugurated only on April 1 this year, writes Subhash Arora who was impressed, not only with the winery using latest technology but also seemingly superior winemaking processes that assure a better product and tough competition to the existing players
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