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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Diamond

    History of the grape: The varietal dates back to the 1880s when horticulturalist Jacob Moore (hence the synonym “Moor...

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  • ND Wines Pvt. Ltd

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

  • Vinbros & Co

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

  • Grover Vineyards

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

  • Good Earth Winery

    At Good Earth Winery, our vision is the bring to market the best wines that India can produce; wi...

  • Dajeeba Vineyards

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

  • Nirvana Biosys

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

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  • Chateau Indage the Mist of Sayahadri Chenin Blanc 2007


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  • Sula Shiraz 2007


    This is the favorite for us at Chutneys. A great compliment to a meal of strong Indian flavors. It stands up nicely. Sweet enough to balance spicy food, yet with a peppery wood flavor. Love the mustachio'd sun on the label. Read More

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  • Sula Sauvignon Blanc 2012


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  • Sula Vineyards Sula Chenin Blanc 2005


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  • Sula Vineyards Sula Sauvignon Blanc 2006


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  • Sula Vineyards Sula Brut NV


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  • Sula Vineyards Dindori Reserve Shiraz 2007


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