The Indian wine industry is one of the fastest growing in the world. While often obstructed by social, religious, and cultural hurdles, winemakers and exporters are working tirelessly to produce and promote Indian wine. As a result, consumers are gradually warming to the idea of a broad wine industry. According to some estimates, the wine market in India is experiencing an annual growth of 13%.
Yesterday, the Cellars Wine Club Blog explored the long and turbulent history of Indian wine. Today, thanks to a fantastic article released by CNN Travel, we’re getting a little more specific. CNN’s article introduced six stars in the Indian wine industry; each individual more than earned their place on the list. In honor of their efforts (and to educate our readers) we at the CWC blog would like to discuss the article and dive further into Indian wine.
Kiran and Yatin Patil
CNN’s list begins with Kiran and Yatin Patil, directors of Vintage Wines. Over the past five years, this wine couple has stood out as leaders in the Indian wine industry. Under the brand Reveilo, their production of quality wines made a massive impact on the market as a whole, raising standards and appreciation across the nation. CNN states, “After a first crush of grapes just five years ago, Reveilo has a presence on nearly all major five-star hotel wine lists, is a darling of the expat community that yearns for good Indian wine and dominates the premium segment of wine.”
Due to their constant pursuit of quality, Kiran and Yatin achieved several firsts, including India’s first barrel-aged white wine. Each step they take is a step into a new and improved age of Indian wine. Not only are they crafting their wines with valuable western techniques that were previously unknown to winemakers in India, but they are giving Indian consumers higher quality wine than ever before.
Rajeev Samant is another influential figure that CNN highlights. Known as the founder and CEO of Sula Vineyards, Samant is a giant in the Indian wine market. Over the past 13 years, he has led the establishment of Nasik as a prominent Indian wine region – one that now boasts 35 wineries. However, even with the region and nation quickly warming up to wine, Sula Vineyards remains India’s largest winery, producing three million bottles in 2010.
CNN explains, “…[Rajeev Samant’s] most significant contribution apart from the wine itself is opening Nashik up as a wine destination. His winery was the first to have a tasting room in the region. It grows popular by the day with locals and out-of-towners and lots of young people driving in for a tour of the winery, a taste, and dinner.”
CNN’s article continues, describing the careers and achievements of four other Indian wine stars. Magandeep Singh, for example, is the only native of India to become a French-certified sommelier. Fascinating stories like these can be found all throughout the article.
Remember, Wine Wednesday is coming tomorrow! Keep an eye out for a full article on the unique wines grown in India.