With wines, there comes some apprehension, some intimidation and a lot of confusion. This confusion is mainly about which wine to choose and how. Here we have come up with a list of 10 best wines in India, with different taste profiles and flavours.
You must know that the world of wine is too huge and as you plunge in, you will have a new experience every single time. As for the beginners, we have this list of top wines in India that you can explore and start your wine drinking journey.
You can use our guide to stock your bar at home or impress your guests. But before that, you must know the different types of wines and how they differ from one another.
Types Of Wine
So, probably you don’t need help to recognize a wine versus red wine. Obviously, they look different and taste different too. But it is important to understand the reason behind these look and taste different. The main reason in both the cases is the skins and a little something that is called tannin. Remember that the word tannin is used by people who drink wine and you should know the meaning of it.
Tannins are the naturally occurring substance in grapes and some other plants and fruits such as tea. Tanin tastes bitter, causing a pucker and dry feeling in your mouth. Tannins thus end up in the wine when the vintner allows the skin to be in the grape juice when it ferments. So this is how the wine gets its colour.
Wines that ferment with skins for a long time end up being red and have a high content of tannin.
White wine has little tannin but not enough that it takes a dark colour or taste. Rather, white wine is backboned by acidity. This is why the wine is crisp. If there is not enough acidity in it, you may call the white wine as flat.
Red wine has more tannin in it and that makes it leathery or bitter or firm. Tannin even gives it the red wine texture, thus making it soft, smooth , chewy or rough. So, the darker the colour of the wine, the higher is the tannin and bolder is the taste.
Rose or what is also called blush wine is pink in colour. It gets that colour as it is allowed to be in contact with red grape skins for relatively shorter span of time than red wine. Between white and red, rose is closer to light side with a little low tannin.
Sparkling wine is the one that has considerable carbonation that can occur as natural part of fermentation process or through carbon dioxide injection after the fermentation is done.
So now that you have got a rough idea as to what are the different types of wines, let’s see the best wines in India you can choose from. These wines are in no particular order of preference. Have a look:
Myra Reserve Shiraz (Red)
Owned by Ajay Shetty, Myra Vineyards has its headquarters in Bangalore. Though the brand has just entered the wine market in 2011, it has created some of the best wines at pocket-friendly rates in such a short span of time. It is giving tough competition to big players in the Indian market like Sula. Myra Reserve Shiraz is an elegant wine with an oaked, fruity and spicy flavour that appeals to the Indian palate a lot. It has been seen that most red wine drinkers in India settle for the Merlot. Obviously, the flavour of grapes differs as per the area from which they are coming. It is also generous on the fruits and which most Indian drinkers like.
Price- INR 850-950
KRSMA Sangiovese (Red)
The founders of KRSMA estates, Krishna Prasad and wife Uma have always tried new things. At first, they established a pharmaceutical company and later went on to get their names in the Guinness World Record for running marathons in 2010 in all 7 continents. After this, they decided to set up a winery in Hampi Hills. KRSMA Sangiovese is the fruity red wine that is made with nuts and spices and is one of the best creations of the company. But the only drawback is that it is available in Karnataka. The fact that Krishna has been making wince since the age of 17 years is amazing and the hard-working duo has worked great creating this red one.
Price- INR 1000
Zampa Chêne Grande Reserve (Red)
Chene which means Oak in French is the great red blockbuster hit from the very famous Grover Zampa. This one is the perfect blend of Syrah and Tempranillo and aged for about a year and 3 months to make it New World style exploit, being dominant and oaky. As you take the long sip, you can recollect the flavour of roasted coffee, chocolate, licorice and vanilla. Well, we must say that it is a bold wine and has won many international awards. It goes well with lightly spiced food items.
Price- INR 1700-1800
Charosa Sauvignon Blanc (White)
This amazing white from Dindori, Nashik actually surprised everyone with its sheer quality. The workhorse wine is doing a great job in the Indian wine markets. Nashik based Charosa is good with the whites and has a nice collection with Viognier in its kitty too. The ancient city of Nashik that was once known for being a popular Hindu pilgrimage site is now called the wine capital of India. It is indeed a home to about half of India’s wineries and Charosa’s Sauvignon Blanc is truly a standout. This white has a rich tropical fruity flavour with grassy mineral freshness. You will just love it with your favourite seafood.
Price- INR 750-850
Grover Zampa La Réserve (Red)
Kanwal Grover and George Vesselle are the founders of Grover Vineyards who are often considered to be the pioneers of wine-making in India. After Vesselle took retirement, Grover asked Michel Rolland, a popular oenologist to join him and since then, the brand has created some of the best Indian wines. One of them is Grover Zampa La Reserve and since its introduction, the blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon has been very much admired among wine drinkers in the nation. It was even served in three-Michelin-starred L’Arpège in Paris, which is a great accomplishment as no other Indian wine has achieved it ever before. Also, it has been given the tag of being the best Indian red. People just love it for its spicy aromas and red ripe. So if you like your wine to be of such a taste, this may be the perfect wine for you. Launched about 2 decades back, this was indeed the first wine made with guidance from Michel Rolland. It has a great market share even now and a superb reputation in India.
Price- INR 2150
Fratelli Sette (Red)
Fratelli is one of the biggest and popular wineries in India and is an Indo-Italian collaboration founded in the year 2007. It was established by a set of three brother duos- Seccis from Italy, Mohite-Patils and Sekhris from India. Fratelli Sette is the premium range from their winery and has got the best Indian red wine tag from wine critics. This mix of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese make use of the top 1 percent of handpicked grapes of the vintage year from their vineyards in Akluj near Pune and are matured in French oak for about 14 months. The taste is simply awesome and you got to take it to take the real feel of it.
Price- INR 1500
Sula Chenin Blanc (White)
If in doubt, pick a bottle of Chenin and you are sorted. This Sula Chenin has a tropical fruity taste and is amazing. If Nashik is called the Napa Valley of India, it is indeed because of Rajeev Samant who introduced the very first winery in 1999 called the Sula Vineyards. The area was growing table grapes and with extra efforts put in by Samant, it produces 80% of the wine in India. Sula vineyards have a huge collection of wines and the limited edition Chenin Blanc Reserve is surely a star among them. This highly admired and demanded wine is popular for its complex taste that is derived from aromas of melon and honey. The wine goes great with rich Indian flavours. This is a sweet white wine that goes great with Indian dishes, salads, shellfish and more. The hint of sweetness and acidity give this one a balanced taste and refreshing touch.
Price- INR 1000
Zampa Soirée Brut (Sparkling)
Zampa Soirée Brut is the famous sparkling wine that is considered to be one of the finest wines in India. This salmon-hued wine smells like strawberries and red cherries and is of premium quality due to its effervescence. This one is a great option from Grover Vineyards that offer a tasting trip to the Nandi Hills or Nashik vineyards in Karnataka.
When choosing a sparkling, there are 2 things that you need to put attention to- the quality of effervescence and balance. This sparkling scores high on both the fronts. This blush coloured bubbly wine is made from Syrah grape and has a very refreshing palate. The wine has a floral aroma and is light and creamy.
Price- INR 1200
York Sparkling Cuvée Brut (Sparkling)
Just after a few months when this one hit the market, it was highly admired. The York Sparkling is made with 100% Chenin Blanc, the grape variety that this wine house has always worked great with. The best part about this sparkling is that the owners- Gurnani brothers have actually retained the real essence of fruits while managing to make a dry sparkling. Part of the wine is fermented and then aged in the French barrels. It goes great with mildly spicy Indian food.
Price- INR 1000-1200
Sula Dindori Reserve Shiraz (Red)
Dindori was basically the very first wine to use the name of a region on its tag so it is almost like a single vineyard wine you can say. It actually made the Dindoru region popular and soon after its introduction, other winemakers sprouted up as well. For many years, Sula Dindori held the fort as it became everyone’s favourite red wine. The wine shows fruit extraction followed by finishing and ageing in costly oak. It was given #25 spot in the top 100 wines in 2014 by Wine Enthusiast magazine.
Price- INR 1000-1200
Now you must be feeling high after going through the best wines in India. If you cannot resist a sparkling, you cannot surely go wrong with York Sparkling Cuvée Brut. The best thing about this wine is that there is a fair taste of fruit in the dry sparkling wine. But if you are a fan of a crisp red, then you cannot miss the KRSMA Sangiovese, which is mainly impressive with its notes of spices, nuts and dark chocolate. We have a separate list of the Best Red Wine in India. Have a look if you are a true red wine lover.
We would say that the wines we have listed are definitely the best wines you can get in India as far as taste and money are concerned. Have your favourite one and enjoy a perfect evening with your loved ones. Bookmark this page and enjoy having a good tipple.