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...

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

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  • Good Earth Winery

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

  • 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 ...

  • Grover Vineyards

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

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  • Samara


    Too sweet and syrupy. Feels like fortified wine even after chilling (I dont like chilling red wine). I dont mind buying this for 150 bucks. but for 250 - i'll look for more options. Read More

    Wine review by Ajay Chebbi

  • Emilio Lustau East India Sherry 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by sumit rao

  • Samara


    I bought it from Darjeeling. Its a very good wine in quality. I love it. You should taste it for once.Kallol G.Kolkata Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Port Wine 1000


    Hello friends,I have tested the Port Wine 1000 found it the smooth taste & cost effective product from Sula Wines. Read More

    Wine review by VaibhavMane

  • Port Wine 1000


    Hello friends,I have tested the Port Wine 1000 found it the smooth taste & cost effective product from Sula Wines. Read More

    Wine review by VaibhavMane

  • Sula Shiraz 2010


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    Wine review by adsflkjp

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  • Sula Shiraz 2010


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    Wine review by bmaxboy

  • Good Earth Winery Aarohi Sauvignon Blanc 2008


    Its very nice on the nose - a faint touch of grassy and aromas of guava. palate offers little too high on the acidity and finishes with a slightly tart taste. It's not anywhere close to the traditional sauvignon blanc that I have tasted in the past, but it is different ! Read More

    Wine review by allwyns

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