April 2009 - Posts
This wine business tour to Bordeaux aims to facilitate dynamic exchanges between winemerchants, wholesellers, retailers, grape growers, oenologists, professors, public organisation, and wine makers from India and France.
The wine business tour will be coinciding with Vinexpo: A leading international wine and spirits
exhibition dedicated to the professional of the sector, from Sunday 21
June to Wednesday 25 June 2009, in Bordeaux, France.
The tentative schedule will be:
20th June: Departure from Mumbai - India
21st June: Conference & show at Château Gravas
22nd June: Visit of Vinexpo - 1st WorldWide Wine Event - and the Bordeaux city at night
23rd June: Discovery and exchange with the major french wine distribution channel players - wine tasting & dinner at the Château
24th June: Visits and meetings with the wine supplier actors and wine experts
25th June: Return to India
Aspri Spirits Private Limited, one of India’s leading importers and
distributors of premium wines and spirits has inked an agreement with
Terroir India Pvt. Ltd to market and distribute their brand ‘Indus’
wines in India and international markets. This is Aspri’s first tie-up
with an Indian wine producer.
Speaking on the subject, Abhijit Vasantrao Kabir, director, Terroir
India Pvt. Ltd.said, “We have always chosen to be associated with the
best in the industry. Aspri Spirits has established itself as one of
the leading names in marketing and distribution of international wines
and spirits. With this tie-up, we aim to expand our footprint and tap
Aspri’s extensive market reach to help grow our brand. This tie-up
will surely help us reach out to all our critical markets across the
country and globally.”
Indus wines’ labels include – Indus
Vineyards premium Shiraz 2006 (Red wine), Indus vineyards Cabernet
Sauvignon 2007 (Red wine), Indus vineyards Cabernet Shiraz 2007 (Red
wine), Indus Vineyards Rosé 2007, Indus Vineyards Chenin Blanc 2007
(White wine) and Indus Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (White wine).
pricing of these labels will vary from state to state depending upon
the local excise structures. In Mumbai these labels will be priced at
Rs 540 for Rosé, Rs 650 to Rs 800 for Cabernet Sauvignon, Rs 420 for
Chenin Blanc and Rs 540 for Sauvingnon Blanc.
Tarsus Group, a leading global b2b exhibition organiser, is pleased to announce the launch of
their International Food & Drink Expo India (IFDE India) 2009. This prestigious three day trade
show will be held 2 – 4 December 2009 at the Pragati Exhibition Grounds, New Delhi.
India’s population of over 1.1 billion represents one of the largest consumer markets in the
world. The food and drink market is currently estimated to be worth US$182 billion, with rising
disposable incomes and increased urbanization driving consumer demand for a worldwide menu of high quality products.
With this in mind, the organizer's of International Food & Drink Expo India are focused on
providing an unrivalled platform for both international and local suppliers, to showcase their
products and innovations directly to India’s food, drink, hospitality and retail professionals. The event will act as a high profile launch pad for those taking their first steps into the market place, and will also offer more established companies the opportunity to enhance their existing profile and brand penetration.
“I am excited about the opportunities India has to offer worldwide food and beverage
producers” says Lauren Morrey, Project Manager for the event. “The industry’s buyers are
ultimately responsible for meeting consumer demands; I look forward to delivering them an
impressive variety of global products to choose from at IFDE India 2009”
It seems the industry is in agreement, with a number of high profile international trade
associations already showing an interest in organising group participations from their respective countries. As well as offering a world class line up of exhibitors, the exhibition also aims to provide attendees with features and attractions that highlight the diverse range of products at the show, as well as encouraging interactive education and networking opportunities.
IFDE India 2009 is positioned to become the must attend event of the year, for the industry. It will facilitate face-to-face interaction between India’s buying community, and the best
producers and suppliers the world has to offer. The flavour revolution in India has begun, and
IFDE India is leading the way.
For more information about IFDE India 2009, please contact:
India is known worldwide for many things, but just as yet wine is hardly its best known export. But that did not deter Subhash Arora, President Delhi Wine Club and Indian Wine Academy from following his passion for wine with such enthusiasm over three decades that he has come to be recognized and honored by the Italian government for his contribution to the wine industry with special reference to Indo-Italian trade and cultural relations.
In an interview with IndianWine.com the Cavalier says, “The award is given by the government of Italy to foreigners for improving friendship with another country.” In this case, Subhash Arora was knighted with the official title of, ‘Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella della solidarietà italiana’. This translates as: ‘the Order of the Star of the Italian Solidarity’.
The award by the President of the Italian Republic was given to Subhash Arora at a ceremony held at the residence of the Italian Ambassador in India on March 18th, 2009. His contribution, “to make a bridge between Italy and India” has been duly recognized.
This accolade came as a huge surprise and honour to the knight himself, as he has simply been following his passion for wine with regular activities such as organizing tasting events, judging competitions, writing extensively for magazines, books, research journals and the internet.
In the course of the last two years Subhash has visited Italy eight times for wine events and facilitating bridges for Italy and India. As president of Delhi wine Club and Indian Wine Academy he has been promoting a wine culture in India and facilitating industry news.
He has assisted many wineries in Italy to promote their wines in India. When he likes a wine he likes to write about it and spread the word. Though a teetotaler himself some decades ago, Subhash has been baptized by wine. His favourite punch-line remains: Drink fine wine in moderation:-)
“Italian research over 100 years shows the benefits of drinking wine,” says Subhash and adds, “some Italian wineries add up to 45 herbs in wine for health reasons.”
His passion and hard work have brought him the laurels. "How does it feel to be knighted?" we ask him. Subhash replies quite humbly: "It is a great honour for me. Four Indians besides me have also got this award for improving relationship between Italy and India."
Wine culture and trade has been on a steady rise in India, but Subhash is quick to point out the setbacks: "The current situation in the wine industry in India is bad. Hotels are not stocking. Maharashtra's excise duty is really hurting us. Things will improve in the future."
We hope so too, Cavalier :-)
Anoothi Vishal visits Vinitaly, the world’s largest wine exhibition along with an international marketing manager from one of India’s leading wine companies...
While the world grapples with economic turmoil, Italian wine has surprisingly held its own: Exports, for instance, improved last year by 2 per cent to about ¤ 3.6 billion. And at Vinitaly, the world’s biggest wine show held in Verona, the picturesque setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet amongst other things, recession is a word that you don’t hear very often. As producer after producer expresses satisfaction — and surprise-— at the turnout (4,200 exhibitors, crowds that haven’t been quantified yet but would beat the trade fair rush hollow at our own Pragati Maidan), what emerges is the fact that Italian wine-making at the moment is very much focused on price-sensitive wines made from indigenous grape varieties (there are 500 of these). It’s a strategy to beat competition from both the old — think French — and new worlds — think mass-assembled chardonnay. Like someone points out, “In Italy, even a wine for ¤3-4 can be good.”
One of three main Italian winemaking regions, Piedmonte is home to the Nebbiolo that produces wines with high tannin and spicy aromas. The Barolo (“wine of kings and king of wines”) is one of the most famous to emerge from here, robust red and aged in oak barrels. Similarly, Barbaresco, the most famous of which is produced by the small but legendary Gaja, is also made from Nebbiolo and a favoured export.
Rue the import duties in India...
But these great reds fall in an exalted price range with bottles going for $ 60 upwards. In India, where wine attracts as much as 150 per cent import duty, the prices stack up. At the Imperial in New Delhi, for instance, a bottle of 2004 Gaja will cost you Rs 14,000 plus tax.
More: Business Standard
An Australian national, based in London, John Worontschak is Indus Wines' flying winemaker in India and was recently in Mumbai. He has the distinction of being a wine consultant who has worked on all the five continents.
Having visited so many places, John rates India, Russia, France and South Africa as the most beautiful.
As a flying winemaker, John goes from one country to another, and stays in each place for about six to nine weeks during the harvest period. "Flying winemakers have to stay through the harvest period and help the locals do a good job of harvesting and making the best possible wines," he adds. His first trip was to California, where he visited wineries and interacted with the local producers.
More: DNA India
Dozens of cases of Korbel Champagnes were served on January 20, 2009 at the Inaugural Luncheon for newly elected US President Barack Obama. This marks the 7th Presidential Inauguration in which Korbel has been selected for this prestigious honor.
Brown and Forman's Korbel California Champagnes have been recently introduced in India as well. Deepika Padukone, Roberto Cavalli, Italian Fashion Designer, John Hooks, DMD of Armani, Dr. Amin Jaffer, International Director of Christie's, Anna Zegna, Italian Fashion Honcho of Ermenegildo, Designers, Stella McCartney, Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahialini, Suneet Varma, JJ Vallaya, Manish Arora, Suzy Menkes, Editor, International Herald Tribune, Charu Sachdeva and Anil Chopra of Lakme were among the lucky few to celebrate Indian luxury with Korbel at the Herald Tribune Luxury Conference at the brand new opulent resort, Aman, New Delhi.
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