The wine market in India thriving with many national wine brands also entering the market giving tough competition to the established international brands. Winemaking is an art and it takes extensive research and efforts to come up with a winning wine preparation.
Wine is one of the most widely consumed alcoholic drinks globally as it has many known health benefits. Due to the presence of omega-3 fatty acids, it can help in improving metabolism and aid in weight loss. It can also prevent cancer by stopping the growth of cancerous cells. Unlike other alcoholic drinks, wine helps in improving liver health & also known to be good for your heart.
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Red wines are made from dark, purple, or red grapes. The process of manufacturing is similar to white wines, but the grape skin and seeds are left with the juice to ferment for achieving the desired alcohol levels. This process known as maceration lends tannin flavor to the red wine. Most red wine is aged before bottling for sale in the market. Red wines are best paired with red meat and seafood.
White wines are generally pressed from whitish, pale yellow, or green grapes. However, there are few white wines also made using red or dark grapes. The grapes were pressed to extract their juice. This is followed by filtering of the skin and seeds of the grapes. The grape juice is extracted then fermented using different procedures which depends on the type of white wine being manufactured. Wine is generally fermented without skin contact. Dry white wine is made from the complete fermentation of the wort. On the other hand, sweet wines are produced by stopping the fermentation process before all the grape sugars are converted to alcohol. White wines are served before meals, with desserts, or in between meals as a refreshing drink. White wines are more refreshing and lighter in style and taste than red wines.
List of Top 10 Popular Wine brands in India
1. Charosa Selections Sauvignon Blanc
This wine from Charosa Vineyards, Nashik a popular and exquisite wine.
- Charosa has an alcohol by volume (ABV) content of 13.4, which puts it in the medium alcoholic wine category.
- This wine is loaded with rich coconut, vanilla, chocolate, and raspberry aromas and has a dark ruby red color.
- Blanc wine, a medium-bodied wine and has been aged for a year. It has a concentration of warm red fruit flavors.
- This wine is best enjoyed with starters and appetizers like seafood, chicken dishes, and salads. It tastes best when paired with red meat and sautéed vegetables.
- This wine is available in the market for Rs 1,500.
2. J’Noon White wine
J’Noon White Brands are premium wines created to put India on the global wine map.
- The wine barrel fermented and a blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc procured from the Garwar combines green apple, white pears, and stone fruit flavors of Chardonnay with fresh and vibrant flavors of Sauvignon. This wine has a mixture of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Sauvignon.
- The wine aged for 12 months in French oak barrels and stainless-steel tanks.
- The name of the wine is sourced from the Urdu word Junoon which means passion.
- J’noon white wine is a limited-edition wine and priced at Rs 2,500.
3. Myra Misfit
This wine is made by Myra Vineyards, located in Bangalore. The key features of this wine are as follows:
- It is a medium-bodied wine and the aroma is very strong with a fruity, spicy, and strong beery whiff to it.
- Myra misfit wine has an ABV of 14% and has an intense and deep ruby red color slightly cloudy.
- It has a matured oak flavor, to begin with, followed by spicy, black currant, and pepper notes which will give you a longer finish.
- The wine is paired with red meat, meat sauce, pizzas, and pasta. It should be served warm at 16-18 degree Celsius.
- This wine is priced at Rs 1,500.
4. York Arros
The York Arros wine was created in York Estate, Nashik.
- This wine is made by blending the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon variety of grapes and is the flagship wine of the York Estate, Nashik.
- The wine is fermented in French and American oak barrels and aged for 12-15 months, which provides the maximum aroma to it.
- The use of specific oak barrels lends good structure and smoothness to the wine which provides a smooth mouthfeel.
- It should be served warm at 18-20 degrees Celsius and best coupled with steaks, kebabs, cheese, and chocolates.
- This wine is a limited-edition wine and its production is limited to less than 100,000 bottles.
- It has an ABV of 14.3 and is priced at Rs 1,100.
5. Grover La Reserve
Grover La Reserve is one of the finest wines available in India and produced by Grover Zampa Vineyards.
- The wine is made using a blend of Cabernet, Sauvignon, and Shiraz variety of grapes.
- This wine has an assortment of luscious aromas which come with ripe red and black fruits.
- It has just the right amount of spice and one can identify smooth flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee beans on the palate.
- The Grover La Reserve is a full-bodied wine with dark garnet-purple color.
- The wine is best paired with red meat, pasta dishes, cheese, etc., and should be served between 16-18 degrees Celsius.
- The wine is affordably priced at Rs 800 for a 750 ml bottle.
6. Krsma Sangiovese
The Krsma Sangiovese is one of the finest and vintage wines made by the Krsma Estate.
- The wine has a deep garnet color and you can expect to be fascinated by the aromas of spices, red berries, and jasmine.
- This is a medium-bodied wine with notes of cherries and brown spices on the palate. It also has a nice smooth finish.
- The wine has an ABV of 13.4 which makes it a medium alcoholic wine.
- This wine tastes best with seafood, chicken starters, salads, and white meat dishes. The ideal serving temperature for this wine is 16 degrees Celsius.
- A 750 ml bottle of this wine will cost you Rs 1,000.
7. Dindori Reserve Shiraz
Dindori Reserve Shiraz wine produced by the famous Sula Wines Vineyard in Nashik.
- It is a powerful and intense wine with distinct flavors of berries and vanilla.
- Dindori Reserve wine is a full-bodied wine aged for 1 year in American oak barrels.
- This wine has an ABV of 13.5 and has a dark purple color.
- The wine tastes best with red meat dishes and hard cheese and should be served at 160
- The Dindori Reserve Shiraz wine is a premium offering from Sula Vineyards and costs Rs nearly Rs 1,200.
- This wine was marked as the first Indian wine to make it to the Top 100 of Wine Enthusiast magazine and was ranked 25 in the list.
8. Belstar Cult Prosecco
The Belstar Cult Prosecco wine is made by Bisol, has been making wines for 5 centuries.
- This white wine is dry to medium sweet and has rich fruitiness compensated by crisp acidity.
- The wine is made from Glera grapes which come from the vineyards just outside Valdobbiadene.
- It has powerful and intense floral aromas of white and yellow spring flowers.
- This wine has an ABV of 11% & should store at 16-180 C and served at 6-80
- The Belstar Cult Prosecco pairs perfectly with red meat, seafood appetizers, and snacks. Due to its characteristic extra dry also recommended for pairing with sweets.
- A 750 ml bottle of this wine is available for Rs 1,200.
The CriosTorrentes wine is manufactured by Susana Balbo winery in Argentina.
- The nearly translucent, pale-colored CriosTorrentes wine has the delectable aroma of roses with hints of tropical fruits-pineapples and tangerine.
- Crios wine is a light to medium-bodied wine and is dry on the palate.
- Torrentes wine is a nicely balanced wine with bright acidity with a smooth and lingering finish.
- The wine paired best with roasted meat and seafood.
- The flavor profile of this wine includes apricots, light tangerines, and lemon.
- For a wine that has delicate aromas and flavors, the CriosTorrentes has plenty of bodies.
- It has an ABV of 13.5% and a 750 ml bottle of this wine is available for Rs 1,500 in the Indian market.
10. Fratelli Sangiovese Bianco
The Fratelli Sangiovese Bianco wine is made at Fratelli Wines- a vineyard located in Solapur district, Maharashtra.
- Bianco wine made using 100% Sangiovese grapes.
- Fratelli wine is Asia’s first-ever still white wine made using red wine grapes.
- It has aromas of melon and grass, is creamy on the palate from the oak, and has a medium finish.
- It has an ABV of 13.5% and is fermented in steel casks and then finally in the bottle itself.
- Though it is a white wine, it is not like a typical white wine. It carries its weight and structure from red grapes and is an interesting offering from Fratelli Wines.
- The wine is available for Rs 800 in the Indian market.
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