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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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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...

  • Dajeeba Vineyards

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

  • Grover Vineyards

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

  • Sula Vineyards (Samant Soma Wines)

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

  • Nirvana Biosys

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

  • Vinbros & Co

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

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India on Snooth

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  • Sorry to report, Preetish, that wines from India are difficult to find in the U.S. where I live.  I, personally, have never seen one.  :-( Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!Preetish here..


  • hey everyone i am a newbie on snooth, am really excited to know more about ... ... ... wine, i am from Mumbai, india...i am realy fascinated about wine n i want to know more abt it..where shud i start from Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!Preetish here..


  • Port Wine 1000

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    Right now i am having this,smooth, light and really enjoyable. all that comes at very low price which makes it a really good choice. Read More

    Wine review by anand0725


  • Pondicherry is in a state called Tamil Nadu (TN) in India. I suppose that explains the draw for Indian product. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Indian Vermouth?


  • Sula Satori Merlot 2008

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    Mild oak on nose, fruity and acidic Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Sula Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    Mildly golden like fine champagne, with fresh citrus grapefruits on nose and palate Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Hi I am Tarun Datta , 48 years, citizen of India.Had wine for the first time during a family holiday to Europe in Aug 2012 and I fell in love with them .In India we are Whiskey & Beer drinkers ... Wines are only now getting introduced.Had this one yesterday .... nice   Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Sula Shiraz 2010

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    Wine review by mark


  • Port Wine 1000

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    Having this wine now. Mistake I made is having this after Sula Rasa Shiraz. While the Shiraz was classy, this feels cheap. But if I'd had it alone without the Shiraz first, this would be great for the price. Read More

    Wine review by JarClay


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