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 with great zeal.
You can use our guide to stock your bar at home or to impress your guests. These wines are in no particular order of preference or anything. 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 only, 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 oaked, fruity and spicy flavor that appeals the Indian palate a lot. It has seen that most red wine drinkers in India settle for the merlot. Obviously the flavor of grapes differs as per the area from which it is coming from. It is also generous on the fruits and which most Indian drinkers like.
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 in creating this one.
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 flavor of toasted coffee. Well, we must say that it is a bold wine and has won many international awards.
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 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 as 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. The white has a rich tropical fruity flavour with grassy mineral freshness. You will just love it with your favourite seafood.
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 serves 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.
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 set of three brothers- Seccis from Italy and Mohite-Patils and Sekhris from India. Fratelli Sette is the premium range from the winery and has got the best Indian red wine tag from wine critics. This mix of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese make use of top 1 percent of handpicked grapes of vintage year from their vineyards in Akluj near Pune and are matured in French oak for about 14 months.
Sula Chenin Blanc (White)
If in doubt, pick a bottle of Chenin and you are sorted. This Sula Chenin has the tropical fruity taste and is amazing. If Nashik is called as the Napa Valley of India, it is indeed because of Rajeev Samant who introduced the veru first winery in 1999 called as the Sula Vineyards. The area was growing table grapes and with extra efforts put in by Samant, it produces 80% of wine in India. Sula vineyards has 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.
Zampa Soirée Brut Rosé (Sparkling)
Zampa Soirée Brut Rosé 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 thieer Nandi Hills or Nashik vineyards in Karnataka.
When choosing a sparkling, there are 2 things that you need to put attention to- 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.
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 Bkanc, 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 real essence of fruit while managing to make a dry sparkling.
Sula Dindori Reserve Shiraz (Red)
Dindori was basically the very first wine to use 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. Since many years, Sula Dindori held 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 top 100 wines in 2014 by Wine Enthusiast magazine.
Now you must be feeling high after going through all the top 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 the 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 Red Wine Brands in India. Have a look if you are a true red wine lover.
We would say that the wines we have listed are definitely best wines you can get in India as far as taste and money is concerned. Have your favourite one and enjoy a perfect evening with your loved ones. Bookmark this page and enjoy having a good tipple.