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...

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • ND Wines Pvt. Ltd

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

  • Grover Vineyards

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

  • Vinbros & Co

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

  • Dajeeba Vineyards

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

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  • White Mischief Vodka 2006


    Such a pleasant surprise! Really smooth, easy drinking. Bit light on the flavour, but nice and clear, subtle nose. And at £4 a bottle, it's an absolute hidden gem.No comparison to Stoli, Absolut or Moskov, but then if you're going to mix it with OJ, tonic, cola or fruit juice, the difference is academic anyway.Great value. Read More

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  • White Mischief Vodka 2006


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  • Seagram's Blenders Pride Rare Premium Whisky NV


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  • The Warehouse Château de Boucaillous Rouge 2001


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    Wine review by naveensai1010

  • Lustau East India Solera 1975


    Best sherry ever, by far. Though we're not sherry folks. Read More

    Wine review by trufflupagus

  • Sula Vineyards Sula Sauvignon Blanc 2008


    Delicious, light, fresh and fruity. Surprising. Was perfect with white fish. Read More

    Wine review by Satut

  • i want to buy a red wine which is very very veyr very very very very sweet  i m from india recommend me red wine which is very very very very sweeta nd good for health  plz post me the wine with images so i can buy i want red wine which is very very veyr very sweet  my budget is 20 $  plz post with images a wine which is very very very very swee... Read More

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  • Sula Sauvignon Blanc 2012


    I also tried some of Sula's Sauvignon Blanc, this time at a staggeringly chi-chi boutique hotel in northern Goa, and it was fine, tasting pretty much of Sauvignon Blanc, a touch of wine gums and frangipani (I averred theatrically at the time), still the equivalent of £20 a bottle, but something was missing... Read the rest at Read More

    Wine review by Sedimentblog

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