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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Palomino

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

  • 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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  • 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...

  • Vinbros & Co

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

  • 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...

  • 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 Satori Merlot 2008


    Mild oak on nose, fruity and acidic Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Sula Sauvignon Blanc 2012


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • Port Wine 1000


    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

  • Seagram's Royal Stag Deluxe Whisky NV


    No written review

    Wine review by Tusharchavan

  • Soft White 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by snglmltrblnd84

  •  THE ACAXÚ STORYCashew (Anacardium occidentale) is a prodigious ... ... nut, took its seeds to India and thence introduced them to South East Asia and Africa, its production developing particularly in India, country which held a virtual world monopoly of this product by 1941. In the 1950’s Brazil stimulated the production of the crop creating... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Acaxu cashew wine story

  • Samara


    I just love this wine..Very affordable and taste is great, I tried other wines too but i think samara is far better Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Started with Sensi,the one placed at an hour's train journey and then an ... ... Asian markets,China and India are comparatively new but for obvious reason they have a serious eye on the market.My tour ended with 2 days' stint at Vinitaly in Verona,one if not the, world's largest wine shows.Supported by PR and communication personnel like Pat... Read More

    Forum post in the topic My first wine trail in...

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