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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Diamond

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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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...

  • Nirvana Biosys

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

  • Good Earth Winery

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

  • Vinbros & Co

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

  • Sula Vineyards (Samant Soma Wines)

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

  • Dajeeba Vineyards

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

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  • Some notes I threw together quickly for JD on his trip. Might as well share ... ... South and Southwest Asian religion you’re interested in has a major temple here if you want to see anything of that sort (even Sufi whirling dervishes!)The Imperial Hotel and its... Read More

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  • Yeah, that is the custom in India, Greg. Originally was beer followed by whisky (because of the long Raj history). Now hybrid patterns are emerging. Most drinkers generally still don't take wine all that seriously (similar cases in China, also were in Japan 30+ years ago) so they aren't up to or focused on the matching as much. It's just a fashi... Read More

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  • Well I'm about to fly in to India, so I can ask around...getting on a plane in a few hours for an Indian wedding. Read More

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  • It depends of course, but i the food is spicy I'd go with something ... ... was going to sell wine in India. We organized a few dinners with people who would have represented our customer base. I have no idea if this is true or not, but they drank the wine, had dinner, and settled back with liquor afterwards. They told me that was the custom. ... Read More

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  • DMCKER - One other thing, having been to Iran AND Pakistan there is a obviously ... ... members. Their hate for India.  Really a bad situation. Hong Kong was good and eye opening experience for me - delightful and troubling at the same time. Good clothing for next to nothing, the China Fleet Club - great food and drink for next to nothing also... Read More

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  • Glad you have your priorities straight, DGC!I've encountered this, too, on ... ... and off-locations like India and other parts of Asia (from Near East over to East Asia), more than elsewhere. In the past from southern France and Italy but can't remember encountering it there for awhile. Yes from Iberia, but ditto. Can't remember ever from Oz... Read More

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  • I've got a sri lankan wine dinner in a few weeks and was going to use the Sula Wines from india as they are supposed to be fabulous and chuck in a Riesling too. The reds i'm struggling with a little and thought of Primitivo from Puglia for the sweet fruit or even something from Hungary or Bulgaria such as spatbegunder or Blaubegunder Read More

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  • Unfortunately it's not just my office. It's all around the place, with ... with ... and Alkina in the Indian Ocean through Cyra and Celena in SW Asia and the eastern Med, Lewanna and Lunetta also in the Med, Oamra and Otsukisama in Africa and Japan, to Yaminichandra and Yue in India and China. Many old names for it where you live, the most co... Read More

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  • I cook all sorts of curry dishes at home, too, and some of them are nothing ... ... of different spices from India or nearby and then start combining them into your own curries. Absolutely easiest to start is with recipes that tell you how to do so, and there are a lot of them on the Web. At first it might seem daunting, but soon you'll be ver... Read More

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