Indian Wines


The younger generation of India has substantially started drinking wine and boasts of following the western culture. However, we would be surprised to know that wine has been a part of Indian culture since the very beginning. The Indus Valley Civilization has shown traces of having a vineyard and has shown remains of winemaking during those times. It is believed that the Persians were the ones who brought wine to India and the subcontinent. Winemaking and drinking had been a part of the food and drink history of India but it came more to light when the British and Portuguese started living in India.


Winemaking in India flourished when the prohibition movement started; and as wine contains self-generated alcohol, it was considered a permissible drink. The demand and supply started taking a high velocity in the 20th century and it still continues in this 21st century. Now, common man in India has started to know how it has to be had and how well it goes with food.


The Climate

Wines and vineyard farming in majority parts of India is a difficult task as the climatic conditions doe not suit the growing of grapes which are suitable for making wine. Wines need cooler and much dryer locations with less humidity to thrive well. However, most of India falls under the tropical climate zone and hence winemaking needs to be done in regions and areas where the climatic conditions do not drastically fluctuate. Vineyards are hence planted on hilly areas like in the Sahyadri mountain ranges or on the slopes of hills in Karnataka.


Consequently, the regions in India where majority vineyards are located are Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh. The mostly well known places in Maharashtra are Nasik, Pune, Solapur and Sangli. Climates here are best suited for growing wine grapes and making quality wines.


Acceptance

Indian Wines which got famous are originally French varietals - mainly Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. These four have started winning a lot of hearts of the people. Those who prefer one of these four wines would not usually switch over to other varietals. The taste is an acquired and much liked one; and hence, these wines are quite popular in India. The other varietals that are slowly getting into the race are Merlot, Reisling, Viognier and Chardonnay. The market for Indian wines is gaining pace; and these wines are slowly finding place in houses and smaller gatherings.


In many Indian homes, vegetarian food culture prevails. When it comes to wine, people who want to drink it but cannot due to the various non-vegetarian means of fermenting it, complain of not being able to have that most desirable sip. Hence, all wines made by Pause Wines are purely vegetarian as no agents derived from animals are used. However, the age factor should not be considered when drinking Indian wines.