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Madhya Pradesh relaxes Liquor Laws, waives of Excise Duty on local Wines
The Excise Police for the next Financial Year for Madhya Pradesh allows the sale of liquor at all State airports in the state and select supermarkets in four big cities, issue home bar licenses and wine prepared from grapes grown by farmers in MP will be made excise-duty free, writes Subhash Arora who feels that the policy is pragmatic, in tune with times and will also add higher revenue to the tax kitty
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Vinexpo India and SIAL India host first Show together in Delhi
Vinexpo India, the Indian variant of Vinexpo, the leading global wine and spirits exhibition and SIAL India hosted their first joint exhibition in New Delhi on 9-11 December 2021 at Pragati Maidan Exhibition Center with over 7500 visitors, according to a Press Release. The first of its kind in India in the B2B space, it was jointly organized by Comexposium, Vinexposium and Inter Ads Exhibitions in Hall 11 of the recently upgraded venue
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Vinexpo India to join SIAL India Mumbai on 10-12 May 2022
After a successful campaign in Delhi which had multiple constraints due to the inexplicable excise laws and the uncertainty due to CoronaVirus, Vinexposium has announced that the Show will have its next edition on 10-12 May 2022 in Mumbai where the space has been booked alongside SIAL India at the Bombay Exhibition Center Goregaon, reports Subhash Arora
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Nominal Excise Duty of Rs. 10 per liter in the New Excise Policy for Wines
The 10-year Wine Excise Policy in Maharashtra comes to and end on 31 December 2021 and the new policy was already announced on Tuesday on the expected ground of fixed Rs. 10 per liter, on all types of wines as a nominal excise tax, ostensibly to keep a tighter control on the production and sales statistics and implicitly keeping the option open to increase duties in future, writes Subhash Arora who believes the industry has had a great run of excise-duty free wines that helped it stabilize and with the proposed incentives, the current consumption of around 800,000 cases in Maharashtra is expected to go up to a million cases
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Australia hopeful of an early FTA with India
India and Australia are reportedly on a super-fast rack to sign a part Foreign Trade Agreement (FTA) before the end of the year, which would perhaps include special duties for the import of Australian wines and better mobility for working professionals and students, according to Tony Abbott, Special Trade Envoy of the Prime Minister of Australia, writes Subhash Arora
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Impressive Masterclasses planned at Vinexpo India
Despite the stringent excise laws of the Delhi government not allowing registered labels in the Capital for trade shows to display those wines and spirits, Vinexpo India is getting ready to usher in a new era of such shows after a drought of several years, writes Subhash Arora who has curated a set of around a dozen Masterclasses relating to wines and spirits, some with celebrity chefs preparing food for pairing
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Maharashtra reduces Excise Duty on imported liquor by 50% excluding Wine and Beer
Maharashtra has announced a 50% reduction in excise duty for imported spirits like whisky, rum, brandy, vodka and gin from 300% to 150% but beer and wine have not been included in the latest order announced last Thursday, writes Subhash Arora who feels that the action will increase the excise collection as the reduced smuggling from other States would result in increase in legal sales resulting in higher revenues
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Prowein arrives on 27-29 March 2022, ProWine Mumbai Next Week
After several postponements due to the pandemic, ProWein, one of the two largest and most relevant trade fairs for wines and spirits worldwide, will finally be held as a physical event in Düsseldorf from 27-29 March, 2022 i n an enlarged space following Covid norms strictly while ProWine Mumbai is ready to to open its doors for the physical event at St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai in a week on 17-18 November, writes Subhash Arora who hopes to attend both the shows
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ICWA targets Net Zero Emissions for wine Industry by 2050
Twenty-two CEOs and senior leaders of International Wineries for Climate Action (ICWA), founded by Miguel A. Torres Sr. (Familia Torres) and Katie Jackson (Jackson Family Wines) in 2019, including Sula Vineyards have appealed to wine trade CEOs to join the rigorous, science-based efforts to decarbonise the wine sector and start working towards net zero emissions by 2050, writes Subhash Arora who is an ardent supporter of Net Zero Emissions to save the planet from impending disaster
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UP Government to encourage Fruit Wine Production
UP is not an ideal region to produce quality grape wines but it grows various exotic fruits like mango, jamun, guava, and litchi etc which can make excellent wines with a lot of market potential within UP, India and even overseas and it is encouraging to see the government realise the potential and support the industry with unprecedented incentives, writes Subhash Arora who feels that the industry has an excellent potential in every fruit growing region pan India
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South Australia plans to further penetrate Indian Wine Market
According to a Media Release on 29 September 2021 by Stephen Patterson MP on the official website of the government of South Australia which makes over 60% of the country’s production including the ubiquitous Jacob’s Creek, has launched a 12-month long South Australian Indian Wine Expansion Program that will feature education and assistance to South Australian wineries that already export or want to enter Indian market, writes Subhash Arora who feels it might be a tedious journey ahead for most but rewarding for a select few
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Delhi Government ushers in Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti in style
Next Chapter of the Delhi government’s latest Excise Policy on wine and alcohol unfolded yesterday, just in time to celebrate the 152nd birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the beloved Father of the Nation, who abhorred alcohol so much that that he had Article 47 inserted in the Constitution, gifting the powers of determining the marketing policies and taxation to the States with the hope of encouraging and enforcing total Prohibition in the country, writes Subhash Arora
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Celebrating Grenache Day and remembering Steven Spurrier on 17 Sep
Celebrated on the 3rd Friday of September, the Grenache Day which falls on 17 September, was conceptualised at Grenache Symposium organised by Steven Spurrier and the French journalist and author, Michel Bettane in June 2010. It is also a day to remember Spurrier who passed away in March this year, writes Subhash Arora who believes this warm weather grape that has done so well on both sides of Spanish and French Pyrenees mountains, is a favourite of Indian palates and has good potential for India where The Source Grenache Rose by Sula has been a runaway success
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Delhi Excise 21-22 Policy means more Obfuscation
Delhi Excise Department has issued a circular dated 10 September, 2021 which has generally extended the date of existing licenses for distributors, government retails shops, restaurants and clubs etc till 16 November 2021, but apparently has not extended the licenses of private shops beyond 30 September, casting doubts about the availability of wine and liquor in Delhi till Diwali, pushing the locals to Gurgaon for their booze requirements and help the market which has been booming thanks to non-availability of wine and spirits in Delhi, making it an Obfuscation, writes Subhash Arora
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Jancis Robinson sells her website to US Digital Media Company
The well-known wine critic and much-awarded wine writer Jancis Robinson MW has sold her company JancisRobinson.com to Recurrent Ventures, a U.S.-based Private Equity digital media company for an undisclosed amount, with no change in the staff strength foreseen and helping her to focus more on wine tasting and writing, writes Subhash Arora
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