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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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  • Dajeeba Vineyards

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

  • Good Earth Winery

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

  • 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...

  • Grover Vineyards

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

  • 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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  • Vinbros Royal Monarchy Premium Whisky

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    Wine review by Srikumar


  • Port Wine 1000

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    hi,In the first look the bottle was not great its a plastic oval shap bottle what they sell in New mumbai. but somehow i purchased this cheap option of red wine in 130 rs only.friends ! i really liked it, only 14% v/v alchohal content that is naturally made. i really recommend this wine for the option as cheap port wine. Read More

    Wine review by ameet


  • hello everybody, am kumar from hyderabad india. first of all am here becoz my fascination abt wines..esspecially red and i never tasted one. am graduating ths year so i wanna have a little party with ma friends.  i would like to know d best red wines available in india under $30  or 1500 Rupees.??? n whats ur take on Sula red wines from sula vin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic newbie help from india ?!?


  • Hi! We live in Auroville, which is near Pondicherry, TN, and are trying to find ... try something that came from India's own vinyards. Can anyone assist??! Richard and Cla Read More

    Forum post in the topic Indian Vermouth?


  • Seagram's Blenders Pride Rare Premium Whisky NV

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    i'll spend this diwali with a bottle of BP.. Read More

    Wine review by i lv BP


  • Antiquity Premium Whisky From India

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    Went to a liquor store in Kolkata searching for the best locally made scotch (if that is not a contradiction) and bought this for about 65% the price of what I would have paid for an import (teachers, 100 pipers, etc.). I was slightly nervous at first but all doubts were put aside after a taste when I determined that this was in fact a most sati... Read More

    Wine review by kellly


  • Sula Chenin Blanc 2008

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    Wine review by Rakeshpandita


  • Sula Chenin Blanc 2004

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    4.5 Read More

    Wine review by Rakeshpandita


  • Sula Vineyards Sula Cabernet Shiraz 2007

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    Drunk for a diner in an Indian restaurant on a terrace of Montpellier France. Suited lovely with spicy food. Can be drunk by itself with nicy smoked and white pepper flavors. Read More

    Wine review by cyril


  • Vinbros Royal Monarchy Premium Whisky

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    No written review

    Wine review by randhir


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