March 2009 - Posts
Rajeev Samant celebrated the 10th anniversary of Sula Vineyards with the SULAFEST 2009 - a daylong celebration of music, food and wine. The festival was celebrated by the rain Gods this year and kicked off with Sridhar & Thayil lifting the spirits of all those around with their soul music. The ambience at the Greek style amphitheatre was set off with a line up of magical musical performances and vibrant colours of the vineyard shopping bazaar.
The astonishing rainy weather did not dampen the spirits of the festival as the performances came to a halt and moved base to ‘Little Italy’ – Sula Vineyards’ new restaurant in the midst of the vineyards. The magic came alive as Jalebee Cartel took over to cheer the crowd’s spirits and played for the next few hours. They were joined by Agnee; creating a mix of two separate genres of music – their first ever joint performance.
The festival was highlighted with an eclectic mix of audience; seen were Sapna Bhavnani, Akansha Nanda with son, Veejay Archana Vijaya, Beenu Bawa, Sushma Reddy, Yaseer of Amore Gelatos, Shaair & Func, brothers Rajeev & Sanjeev Mulchandani amongst many others.
SULAFEST 2009 is a result of the association between Sula Vineyards and MSR Entertainment Limited - a media and entertainment division of The Misha Satya Raj Group
New entrants in the Indian wine market include Romania and Bulgaria. Their participation in IIWF was to understand the Indian market, display their series of products to Indian importers and distributors and provide
them with possibilities for mutual business opportunities
Consul and Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of
Romania and Trade Commission Casandu Paparoiu, states, “Romania has produced wine for
years. However, it is the first time that a Romanian company is
targeting the Indian market for exports.”
Romania exports a significant number of its wines to India, in addition
to several other regions in south east Asia. “Even with the challenges
that the Indian market poses to international wine players, especially
with the taxation policy, it remains a lucrative export market for
Romanian wines,” says Paparoiu.
Bulgarian wine producer, Telish, also plans to enter the wine market.
“The company is presently targeting the South Asian markets of India,
China and Hong Kong. India is a new market for us. Presently, we are
the first Bulgarian wine producers here and we plan to establish our
presence in the Indian market,” informs Svilena Hristova, Sales and
Marketing Manager, Telish Wine Cellar. The company plans to introduce
its produce of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bulgarian indigenous
varietals, Mavrud and Rubin.
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The two-day India International Wine Summit on "Overview of the wine market in India" and "The business case for the wine industry in India"
was inaugurated at Grand Hyatt in Mumbai on March 16, as part of the
1st edition of India International Wine Fair & Gourmet Show 2009. The 2nd edition of International Wine Fair &
Gourmet Show will take place on January 21-23, 2010, under the banner
"India International Spirits Show."
Highlights from India International Wine Summit
Over 70 delegates from India and abroad participated in the convention.
The need to promote wine imports in India
Harshal Shah, Sommelier, Australian Sommelier's
Association, said that in the last few years there had been many
tie-ups between domestic wine and alcoholic beverages manufacturers and
foreign manufacturers. "Still we don't have world class foreign wine
brands in India," Shah said.
Speaking on "Overcoming India's restrictive import
regime," Sanjay Menon, importer, Sonarys, and director for Wine Society
of India, said, "India is comparatively a new wine drinking country in
Identifying import bottlenecks
Sanjay Menon discussed the problems faced by the wine
industry in the country. According to him, the development of the
Indian wine industry faces a setback due to complex and time consuming
import procedures by the government and banks, state-to-state taxation
policies, PHO (public health officer) testing for every consignment,
label registration obligation and lack of infrastructure &
logistics like state-of-the-art bonded warehouse, cold chains and other
wine storage devices.
Geographical Indications and concept of origin
Rajiv Singhal, ambassador, Champagne in India, CIVC (Comité
interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne), said, "Geographical
Indications (GI) certification is a Europe-based universally applicable
law which indicates that the product is produced, processed and packed
in a specific area. GI certifications help brand building and boost USP
(unique selling point) of the product."
India International Wine Fair & Gourmet Show 2009, Hotel Grand Hyatt, Mumbai
The three-day event attracted about 150 exhibitors
from about 15 countries and over 500 foreign and 200 national visitors
on day one.
David Wrigley, director for international
development, Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), said, "The IIWF
2009 has an exclusive platform to showcase various state-of-the-art
international products. With the growing Indian food & beverage
industry, increasing health awareness and quality measures among the
consumers and manufacturers, wine and spirits education and
qualifications become vital. At WSET, we promote, provide and develop
high quality education in wines and spirits for traders and consumers.
We also design courses, produce teaching and learning materials and
operate through a network of Approved Programme Providers (APPs) around
the world." WSET is one of the leading wine and spirits schools in the
world with about 350 APP in over 47 countries.
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and red wine go well with any meal and normally you would go for a wine
that has been brewed and made in France or Italy for example but Indian
wine could change all of that.
Sales have grown by 30% to 35% in India
every year since 2002 and although only 2% of the population drinks
wine, that still accounts for a staggering 20 million people. Last year
alone the Indian market accounted for 1.two million cases of wine being
sold, representing a doubling of domestic consumption in only just five
years. Compared to global players in the wine industry – America last
year produced 270 million cases – India remains a viticultural minnow
but now producers believe they have spotted a receptive export the
globe and an avenue to make plenty of money.
India as a nation is trying to increase its revenue stream as much
as possible by broadening its own commerical potential. Exporting
wine as well as beer and food will be a great move for Indian commerce
as a nation as this will un-doubtedly help their relation and profit
The Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli (Ratnagiri), has
successfully processed wine from cashew apples, mangoes, blueberries
(karvand) and blackberries (jamun). A team of agricultural scientists, horticulturists and processors
worked for the last few years in Dapoli University to standardise the
wine extraction technology. The university has an 80-litre winery at
Dapoli, and wine tasters have given their nod for the commercial launch
of the new varieties.
The news of wine from other fruits comes at a time when the 58 grape
wineries in north and western Maharashtra are in crisis due to a drop
in demand, with most brands dishonouring contracts with grape growers.
Currently, wineries in the state produce over 2.11 crore litres of
grape wine -- 97% of the total wine production in India. Most of the
demand for grape wine comes from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Goa.
University scientists, who are in the process of patenting their
products, say wine from cashew apple, blueberry and mangoes are better
in anti-oxidants and nutritional value. More importantly, they will be
lighter on the purse. And cheers to that!
More: DNA India
Sopexa India, the Indian arm of the food and beverage marketing
promotion board of France plans to conduct several engagement
programmes with the hospitality industry here. It also has plans to
conduct a familiarisation trip for prime Indian importers to various
Chateaus in France as also for an understanding of the French
appellations across the wine trail by end 2009.
Sopexa India recently conducted a French wine trail in Mumbai in
association with sommelier, Magandeep Singh, to display an
array of premium French wines in the country. The event featured 147
bottles of French wines and tasting was also on for a select few wines.
More: Hospitality Biz India
“We realise that a bottle that costs less than £5 can be a great wine.
It does not need to be an expensive one. Yet, there are many bottles
that are under £5 and are of poor quality. We will point out the
difference,” says Steven Spurrier, chairman of the Board of Wine Advisors, The Wine Society of India.
Through their new Vineyard Visit programme, the society offers to
take wine enthusiasts on tours to various parts of the world. The first
of their visits is due from Mumbai to Margaret River, in Western
Australia. The date is yet to be announced. The list of events for this
year include a number of formal and informal wine-tasting sessions in
New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata, served with Japanese and
The Indian market for wine, which progressed at a generous rate of
25 per cent and was one of the fastest growing worldwide until last
year, has seen a sharp decline of late, and sent winemakers and dealers
into a tizzy. They are now looking to push cheaper wines and increase
membership to expand base.
“Membership is free and all you need to do is order two shipments
(equivalent to 12 bottles of wine) a year,” said David Banford,
director of The Wine Society of India. “At the moment, the average
order is 3.5 shipments a year,” he added. He also discussed the
prospect of weaning the younger crowd out of vodka-whisky swinging
habits, and replace it with a glass of wine.
More: Business Standard
India’s biggest wine producer, Indage Vintners (formerly
Champagne Indage), is implementing a three-pronged strategy to maintain
profitability in 2009.
Besides restructuring and giving consumers greater value, the third leg
of the strategy involves renegotiating and rethinking its global
expansion. "We are putting on hold or renegotiating our global asset
acquisitions," says managing director Ranjit Chougule.
The restructuring exercise includes global consolidation of operations
like R&D and production, and Enterprise Resource Planning for
banking, cash flow, inventory and assets into one centralised
operation, says Chougule .
For the quarter ending December 2008, the company recorded 68 per
cent increase in sales, at Rs 148 crore, compared with Rs 88 crore in
the corresponding period the previous year. Net profit for the quarter
saw a dip of 88 per cent, at Rs 2 crore, against Rs 19 crore for the
corresponding period in 2007.
However, the company’s stock has seen a decline of 55 per cent, from
Rs 108.35 on January 1, 2009, to Rs 48.75 on the Bombay Stock Exchange
today. As of March 2008, the company had a total debt of Rs 229. 8
crore and its net sales for the year were Rs 254.5 crore.
More: Business Standard
The government has set up the Indian Grape Processing Board (IGPB) in Pune. IGPB will have regulatory powers for the Indian wine industry.
Union minister of state for food processing Subodh Kant Sahai inaugurated the board in Pune last week. It will include representatives from the wine industry, grape growers, the ministry of food processing, state governments, state wine boards, research institutes, hospitality sector and other related establishments. The newly-formed board will inspect and control the quality of grape cultivation and wine production, approve labels and establish standardisation norms. The board, in future, will also draft schemes for international sale of processed grape products.
Indian farmers grow 1.6 million tonnes of grapes annually over 60,000 hectares. Of this, only 1.2 per cent is processed by the wine industry. “The board will promote the cultivation of grape meant for wine, since wine consumption in India is growing at 25 per cent every year.
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Flemingo International owns and operates 70 plus Duty Free outlets in airports, seaports and other locations across Africa and the Indian Sub-Continent.
Flemingo has introduced their new range of African wines and liqueur in Maharashtra (India), and will soon make the range available in more parts of India.
Amarula Cream Liqueur
The Amarula phenomenon is a premium cream liqueur from Africa. Amarula is made from a unique subequatorial African fruit, the Marula. The story of Amrula Cream dates back to 1989 when it first appeared on the South African market. Today its great taste is enjoyed in over 100 countries worldwide. Amarula can be enjoyed over ice, in a unique range of cocktails as well as in delicious dishes.
Amarula was awarded the trophy for Best Liqueur in the World in the 2007 International Wine and Spirits Competition; also the Gold Best in Class Medal in 2008.
Nederburg 2007 Pinotage: Tasting notes
Nederburg Pinotage is an intense, fruit-forward South African red with gentle tannins and subtle, sweet oak. The palate displays ripe flavors of black cherry, raspberry, and plum with the earthy notes unique to the varietal. Enjoy with roast leg, pasta, pizza or chocolate.
Winemaker: Wim Truter
Colour: Ruby with purple edges
Residual Sugar: 4.4 grams per litre
Acidity: 5.23 grams per litre
Nederburg 2007 Shiraz: Tasting notes
Nederburg 2007 Shiraz has a bouquet of ripe fruit, berries and oak spice with a hint of dark chocolate. It is rich and full-bodied with ripe plum and dark chocolate flavours and a good tannic structure. Although accessible when young, this Shiraz has a good maturation potential of 5-7 years. Excellent served on its own or with Mediterranean meat dishes such as spicy lamb, souvlaki or kebabs, or traditional roasts.
Winemaker: Wim Truter
Colour: Dark ruby red
Residual Sugar: 3.64 grams per liter
Acidity: 5.84 grams per litre
Extract: 31.84 grams per litre
2007 Sauvignon Blanc: Tasting notes
Nederburg 2007 Sauvignon Blanc has a bouquet of vibrant grassy and gooseberry aromas with a hint of herbaceous nuances and ripe citrus. Its distinctive herbaceous and gooseberry aromas support a wonderfully balanced palate with a lingering pleasant finish. Serve with seafood, creamy fish or chicken dishes.
Winemaker: Tariro Masayiti
Colour: Brilliant lemon lime
Residual Sugar: 2.00 grams per litre
Acidity: 7.00 grams per litre
At the India, Latin American and Caribbean Conclave, Kawaljeet Singh Duggal, head, sales and marketing, Big Banyan Wines, spoke about the Indian wine industry's status.
Wine production in Himachal Pradesh
According to Duggal, the next big wine production destination in India is Himachal Pradesh.
Stating a 25% annual growth in the wine industry, Duggal projected the growth for 2009 at 15%. Painting a rosy picture of the future of the wine industry, Duggal said, "Though the market is price sensitive and value driven, there is a gradual rise in demand. Export volumes have doubled over the last three years."
Duggal added that while exports for 2008 were 1.2 million cases of 9 litres each, the foreign wine imports accounted for 20% of the wine consumed in India in 2008.
The Conclave was jointly organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India to discuss: Tourism and Hospitality - India and LAC.
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Liquor shopping experience would soon be a delight in Chandigarh with setting up of upscale modern liquor shops, a concept incorporated
in the new excise policy for 2009-10.
The excise and taxation department is looking forward to attracting prospective licensees for the high-investment ventures.
The liquor shops will have a minimum carpet area of 500 square feet, located in the sectoral grid or malls. In case a departmental store applies for license under this category, separate minimum area will have to be earmarked. The premises should be air-conditioned with quality flooring of wooden or vitrified tiles and granite.
The license for modern liquor shops is for Indian Made Foreign Liquor, sale of beer and wine and other bar accessories have been allowed as an incentive in these shops.
A computerized system of issuing cash memos has been made mandatory. The liquor shops can offer tasting sessions to customers and for this there will be no need to take a separate license for Tavern for serving liquor.
The license fee for modern liquor shops has been fixed at Rs 20 lakh per annum. The excise and taxation department will begin processing the applications for new licenses from March 10 and the look of liquor shops in Chandigarh is set to change in the coming months.
More: The Times of India