Four Seasons’ winery (pg. 65)
A clear indication of the ambition of India can be seen in numbers. Recent figures show that there are 113,000 Hectares of wine grape vines currently planted in India, twice the amount that existed in 2000. There are now over 70 operating wineries including globally recognized names, such as Sula Vineyards & Grover Zampa, leading the way. The western region of Maharashtra, home to Mumbai, is the main production region and accounts for roughly 80% of nationwide volume. A consistently hot climate allows some producers to harvest twice annually.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc
In just one year, between 2013 and 2014, wine consumption in India rose a staggering 30% and it is a trend that shows no sign of slowing. The per capita consumption figure, a mere 0.01 liters annually, is heavily skewed by the sheer size of India’s population. This however masks the potential of the untapped middle class in growing urban populations.
40% of imported wine to India comes from France
7.34 million Total 2014 wine exports (USD)
Vietnam, UAE, UK & Bhutan Main export destinations
India is still in an introductory phase of wine consumption, but year on year increases in production show the promising future it holds. The country does face some hurdles in the form of high taxes, a need for logistical improvements and a current stranglehold of the spirits market.
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