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Vinexpo India Mumbai on 18-20 August Venue shifted to HOTEL LEELA SAHAR
After scouting around for a better venue compared to the National Exhibition Center Goregaon, Vinexpo India has decided to shift the venue for its maiden edition in Mumbai to the beautiful Hotel Leela Sahar, known for its environment and excellent F & B ops, writes Subhash Arora Advisor and Conference Chairman for one of the most cherished international wine shows which chose India as its international venue partner with the highly successful debut in Delhi last December
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States could play Spoilsport in Execution of Indo Australia CECA
A high-powered seminar held under the aegis of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) on June 2, with the Release of virtual Report “Liberalisation of Wine Trade under the India-Australia CECA” several top notch keynote Speakers from India and Australia, followed by a Panel discussion, most participants feared interference from the States increasing excise duty, writes Subhash Arora who participated in the Conference
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Sula finally plans an IPO of up to Rs. 1400 Crores
India’s largest wine producer since 2009, with production flirting with one million cases a year for the last few years, the Rajeev Samant founded winery that made modest beginning in 1999, has finally decided to go public and unlock the capital invested by several entities including PE finds, with an IPO of Rs. 1200-1400 Cr, according to a Report by Economic Times, writes Subhash Arora
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Impressive Comeback by Prowein after Pandemic on 15-17 May
After shifting dates, postponing and finally cancelling Prowein 2020 and 2021, Messe Düsseldorf finally did organise the world’s favourite annual trade show in Düsseldorf on May 15-17 after postponing once again from 27-29 March, 2022, as the first major physical event held in the last two years with 5,700 exhibitors descending from 62 countries including India with over 38,000 trade visitors from 145 countries, writes Subhash Arora who marvels at the resilience and popularity of the Show amongst the industry professionals
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The Midas Touch for Sula Tropicale at International Wine Challenge (IWC)
Sula Vineyards, India’s largest wine producer has been awarded a Gold medal for its Tropicale Rose Brut at the recently conducted International Wine Challenge 2022 whereas Moet Chandon has been awarded a Bronze for its competing Rosé Brut, with Sula Late Harvest Chenin Blanc awarded a Bronze and its Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Dindori Reserve Shiraz 2020 as well as Charosa Tempranillo Reserve 2016 bagging a ‘Recommended’ Award, writes Subhash Arora
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NEFS Shillong tastes success at Wine Pavilion by Vinexpo
The second edition of the North East Food Show 2022 organised on the Polo Grounds of Shillong on 5-7 May was quite a success with the display of good infrastructure and tastefully arranged Stands displaying local products but the wine pavilion which was erected for the first time with the support of Vinexpo established its feet firmly on the ground, writes Cav. Subhash Arora who organised 8 Masterclasses, 4 each on wines and fruit wines respectively and was satisfied with the maiden efforts of the Directorate of Food Processing to bring 6 stands from the mainland India, augmenting an equal number of local stands and the magnificent Meghalaya Fruit Wine Cellar
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Fratelli conferred India Family Business Awards 2021 by Moneycontrol Pro and CNBC
Fratelli Wines Pvt Ltd, a family run- winery in Akluj, Maharashtra, was conferred with the Super: ‘Best Family Business with turnover under Rs. 1000 Crore, Led by a Woman’, at the Moneycontrol Pro and CNBC India Family Business Awards last evening in Mumbai, with Puja Sekhri recognised for steering the company successfully through turbulent years after the tragic and untimely death of her husband and co-founder Kapil Sekhri in 2020, reports Subhash Arora
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Subhash Arora honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award by IIHM and IHC London
Cav. Subhash Arora, President of Indian Wine Academy and editor of delWine was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Institute of Hotel Management and the London-based International Hospitality Council for Outstanding achievement and contribution in the field of Hospitality (wine promotion and education) at a hybrid function held in Delhi (physical), London and Kolkata (online) with Prof David Foskett MBE, Chairman of IHC presiding in London and Prof Suborno Bose in Kolkata with the industry stalwarts present at the Taj Vivanta Delhi on 27 April, 2022
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Piero Masi of Fratelli Wines Passes On
Piero Masi, the rock-solid winemaker of Akluj, Maharashtra- based Fratelli Vineyards, who was creator of all wines including Sette, and a minority partner, died yesterday morning at his home in Italy, leaving a big gap in the winemaking team, writes Subhash Arora who had met him many times in India and even visited the small farm and winery he owned in Tavernelle near Florence, a few years ago
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Australian Wines get Cheaper in India with FTA signed Today
India has agreed to reduce duties on Premium and Super premium Australian wines from 150% to 100% and 75% with a provision to reduce further to 50% and 25% resp. over 10 years as part of the Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA) signed with Australia today, writes Subhash Arora who says the reduction might be more than expected but slightly disappointing to Australians but the Indian industry may not feel secure with the duties reduced to 50% over 10 years on the $5-14.99 category, but this will also pave the way for duty reduction on wines from EU when the Agreement is signed, sooner than the 14 years it has taken so far since 2007
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Australia over-optimistic on duty Reduction on Aussie Wines in FTA
India and Australia are set to conclude an interim trade agreement soon and a Comprehensive FTA in 12-18 months thereafter with reduction of import duties on wines being an important part of the Agreement writes Subhash Arora who feels they are overoptimistic in their demand, though India needs to take satisfactory action with both the countries suffering from the Chinese conflicts, though it would be a welcome step to reduce duties on premium wines (US$20 and above) from 150% to 30-40%, without impacting domestic wine industry
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Indian Wines may Participate in London Wine Fair 2022
Indian wineries are hoping to participate again in the London Wine Fair (LWF) 2022, celebrating its 40th year on 7-9 June 2022 at Kensington Olympia, after a gap of nearly six years. The decision to participate in the Fair was reportedly taken after a recent meeting of the All-India Wine Producers Association (AIWPA) with the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Chairman Dr. M. Angamuthu who visited Nashik. Subhash Arora reports
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Delhi High Court to give Judgement Tuesday on the Plea of Retailers barred giving Discounts
Delhi High Court Reserved Judgement today on the Plea of Retailers to stay the government Order which barred them from offering any Discounts to customers on 28 February and a group of aggrieved Retailers approached the High Court which is expected to give a judgement tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday), writes Subhash Arora who is flummoxed about the basic cause of the Government Order when it had clearly allowed discounts against MRP while announcing the Policy that helped it collect Rs. 9000 crores
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Excellent Judgment from Delhi High Court for Wine Storage
The Delhi High Court has affirmed that an individual, aged above 25 years, can possess 9 litres of Indian Liquor and Foreign Liquor, i.e., whisky, vodka, gin and rum, and 18 litres of beer, wine and alcopop, the observation made by Justice Subramonium Prasad while adjudicating upon a petition for quashing of the FIR registered against a Delhi resident, for illicit liquor storage in his house.
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Cavaliere Arora Nominated by Wine Travel Awards in 2 Categories
Cavaliere Subhash Arora, President of the Indian Wine Academy, who has been promoting wine culture in India for the last 25 years of wines and is a de-facto Ambassador of wines, and has also been a wine and food Consultant / Expert Opinion, has been nominated for the global Award in each of these categories separately, by the Ukraine- based Drinks+ Media group, with the top five nominees in each category shortlisted by the popular votes and finally the winner to be selected by a jury of international wine experts
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