Mr.Jean Pierre Bouillac is a highly experienced viticulturist from France visiting India for the past 3 years and currently working with Sula to planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec, Sauvignon blanc, mourvedre Trials on roussanne and Riesling.
He is thrilled about Indian Region and visited several parts of India including Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Darjeeling and Punjab to identify the suitable wine grapes for every region. Recently he visited Kallej Valley and Pashok valley in the Darjeeling District trying to produce wine grapes in Tea estate.
Mr. J. P Bouillac says, in the south (TAMIL NADU) The soil can be adapted; it is the same for BANGALORE AREA in KARNATAKA.
In the north (PUNJAB), with a temperate climate wines can be wonderful and they are trying with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Colombard, Chenin, petit Manseng and Marselan.
He strongly believes the Indians can produce good wines; they are the testimony of the potential. The success is the result of the terroir, the climate, good planting material, adapted work in vineyard and high technology for oenology. The improvement rate is huge; quality of wine can be developed on large way. To succeed a lot of work must be done in the vineyard, farmers have to be educated. Establish a vineyard is using good planting material.
As Viticulturist, he believes good rootstocks protect against PHYLLOXERA. This greenfly could destroy all the vineyard of on root plants; protect also against nematodes. The rootstock is determined according the soil analysis, so it is perfectly adaptable and through this way you can control, the vigor of the plant and the quality of grapes will obviously be better.
The same variety can produce medium, good or high quality wines. With the clone selection according your goal, you can choose what you to produce.
All this to say the important thing is to be conscious that the qualitative planting material is necessary. It permits them to benefit from all the French experiences, studies, experimentations on the clones...
INDIA MUST FIND HER OWN IDENTITY IN THE WORLD WINE, WITH SOME SPECIFIC VARIETIES ADAPTED TO THE CONDITIONS OF THE COUNTRY.
Mr Jean Pierre Bouillac & Danielle Chambaraud is currently running a VIEUX PUIT wine grape nursery in France.