Indian Wine

 

Few people associate India with drinking culture, but the country has been producing wine, beer, and spirits since ancient times. Wine production dates as far back as nearly 500 BC, though most of the wine was consumed for ceremonial and healing purposes. The oldest wine in India is an Ayurvedic concoction called Draksharishtha, the name literally meaning grape wine in Sanskrit. This is made from fermented grape juice with sweet and savory herbs. The Indian courtesans and tribal groups also consumed wine socially and ceremonially. Indian royalty planted vineyards at the palaces, using wine to welcome visiting dignitaries. But until the 19th century, not much of it ever left Indian soil. 
 
Portuguese settlers in the 16th century planted vineyards in Goa. The wine was consumed on its own as well as used for cooking, mixed with garlic and spices for Vin d’Ail. Around the same time, the Persians planted Syrah (Shiraz), which enticed the British into entering the viticultural Read more »

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  • Palomino

    History of the grape: Palomino is split into three types: Palomino Fino, Palomino de Jerez and Palomino Basto. All of...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Nirvana Biosys

      Welcome to the official page of Luca de Indi - a range of distinctive wines for the ...

  • Sula Vineyards (Samant Soma Wines)

    Situated 180 km northeast of Mumbai, Nashik is India’s largest grape-growing region, but had trad...

  • Grover Vineyards

    Nandi hills - the region 40 kilometers towards north of Bangalore in the state of Karnataka, lies...

  • Dajeeba Vineyards

    The world wine map has changed almost beyond imagination in the last twenty years. New world wi...

  • Vinbros & Co

    Welcome to the treasure land of Liquors, wherein we offer wide range of liquors of all nature, wi...

  • ND Wines Pvt. Ltd

    Mr. Ashok Gaikwad and his friends together established N. D. Grapes Pvt. Ltd. in the year 1993, N...

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  • Sula Vineyards Sula Chenin Blanc 2005

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    Awesome Chenin Blanc! Very floral and fruity, smooth and with just a hint of sweetness. Perfect for pairing with a whole range of foods from cheeses, seafood and even spicy foods! One of the best Chenin Blancs you will taste from the most unexpected place and country. Read More

    Wine review by akamal9006


  • Well we've moved on past Grenache to the unique and fickle Petty Sarah.We ... ... muddy earth, wood spice, and india ink on the nose with a full, polished feel. Really well integrated structural elements support rich, dark yet fresh fruit in the mouth with a bit of grabbing tannin popping on the moderately long finish. Neither a brute nor rust... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Post your Petite Sirah GTi...


  • Sula Satori Merlot 2008

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    Easy drinking red - perfect to stand up to the strong spicy flavors in Southern Indian cooking. Full-bodied, spicy wine. Read More

    Wine review by seadevi


  • I live in India(mumbai) I want to gift a red wine to someone.I just need to know which is the best afforable brand Read More

    Forum post in the topic red wine


  • This post is an open invitation to Biophysicist Luca Turin to visit Napa Valley ... the resources of vetiver in India are ripped from the soil and decimated before a replant can take hold.  Turin also did his fair share of chastising the traditional fashion houses for taking the easiest and cheapest road to re-inventing the classics.  He had no... Read More

    Forum post in the topic An Open Invitation


  • Sula Chenin Blanc 2006

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    Very smooth and as other reviewers have said, the buttery and caramel notes make it well worth the reasonable price. Read More

    Wine review by kking708


  • Sula Chenin Blanc 2006

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    Amazing that it leaves its mark on the back of the tongue similar to indian spices. Read More

    Wine review by theupcu


  • Sula Chenin Blanc 2006

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    I first had this as a wine pairing over a year ago at L'Ecole in Manhattan. I ... well with fatty fish dishes, indian food, and chinese food. Wonderful with fruit and cheese as well! I adore this wine and buy it by the case when I ca Read More

    Wine review by ChefShaya


  • Grover Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by sansara


  • I was drawn to wine because I was looking for cheap flights around the world.I ... lesson - did you know that India, China, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Malta and so many other unlikely faraway places produce wine? I didn't.I can't say that I'm dying to go to Lebanon, but I'll never turn down a glass of Lebanon's Chateau Musar. The concept ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Around the World in a Glass


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