Uncork a bottle and relax this weekend with a bottle of India's finest. Here are 7 outstanding wines to add to your bar.
In a realm traditionally ruled by European wines, India's viticulture has quietly but steadily been making its mark. But as the sun sets on stereotypes, Indian winemakers have been crafting unique expressions that reflect the diverse landscapes of the subcontinent. From the lush vineyards of Nashik to the historic soils of Karnataka, each bottle tells a story of dedication, innovation, and the distinct character of its origin.
Whether you have a seasoned palate or you’re just beginning to explore the world of wines, Indian wines provide an ideal opportunity to raise a glass to the craftsmanship of our local wineries and vineyards.
1. Tiger Hill Merlot Shiraz
A dry red wine, the Tiger Hill Merlot Shiraz, presents a ruby-red hue with a violet tint. Its brilliance reveals ripe red fruits on the nose, such as cherry, blackcurrant, and coffee. Aged in French oak, this blend of Merlot and Shiraz offers a complexity of aromas, seamlessly combining blackcurrant, cherry, coffee, chocolate, and butter. The wine is medium to full-bodied, boasting soft and smooth tannins, leaving a persistent taste at the end.
Cost: INR 1099/-
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2. Krsma Sangiovese
Hailing from the expansive wineries of Hampi, KRSMA stands as a highly celebrated wine brand and was nominated among the top 50 wineries in the world in 2020. The Sangiovese is one of their most celebrated, crafted from fully-ripe Sangiovese grapes and aged for a year in French oak casks it evokes a medley of blueberries, dark plums, smoke, and oregano with every sip.
Cost: INR 780/- - INR 1,000/-
3. Reveilo Nero d’Avola
Discover the diversity of Nashik’s vineyards through Reveilo Winery's Nero d'Avola, a red wine from Sicily now cultivated in India. With bold cherry and plum notes complemented by a touch of Mediterranean herbs, this wine presents a compelling tasting experience. Its smooth tannins and vibrant acidity make it an enticing choice for enthusiasts.
Cost: INR 725/-
4. Chantilli Chardonnay
For white wine lovers, this rich and fruity blend from Chateau Indage charms with a hint of peaches. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in 80% French oak barrels, it delivers an elegant and complex finish with subtle woody overtones.
Cost: INR 390/-
5. Joie Brut
This effervescent creation isn’t touted as Indian bubbly for nothing. Featuring Thomson (81%) and Ugni Blanc (19%) varietals, this Sparkling Wine is the perfect accompaniment to celebrate your love for all things grape. Using the Cuvee close method, it presents an elegant and marvellously fruity bouquet, offering a delightful sparkling experience.
Cost: Between INR 349/- and INR 1399/-
6. Marquise De Pompadour
For your next celebration consider this sparkling brut wine that hails from the Sahyadri Valley on the Deccan Plateau, 800 metres above sea level. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Ugni Blanc, this award-winning Methode Champenoise offers a creamy, crisp, and refreshing bubbly experience.
Cost: INR 1,399/-
7. Grover La Reserve Syrah Grenache
Crafted according to La Reserve standards, the wine represents the flagship preserve from Grover Zampa's stable and boasts a majestic dark purple hue.This full-bodied gem matures in French oak barrels for six months. Each sip is a symphony of pepper, blackberry, vanilla, oak, and floral notes, making it a complex and elegant choice.
Cost: INR 1,175/-