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Indian wine consumption and production are in high growth, despite the general unsuitability of most of the country for conventional wine-growing. India's 60,000 hectares of vineyards produce about 1.6 million tons of grapes a year, of which only about 10% are used for wine. 

Indian wine consumption and production are in high growth, despite the general unsuitability of most of the country for conventional wine-growing. India's 60,000 hectares of vineyards produce about 1.6 million tons of grapes a year, of which only about 10% are used for wine. 

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The majority are used as table grapes and raisins, however a rise in domestic demand, investments in technology, adoption of international grape varieties and viticultural practices means that quality wines are on the rise.  Indian whisky is also growing in popularity globally, many brands widely available in the UK. Domestically produced Indian whisky is made with molasses and would be labelled as rum under the EU.

India is a diverse range of climates across its huge land mass, from arid desert land across Rajasthan, through to freezing alpine slopes of the lower Himalayas and the humid, subtropical regions in western India. 

Western India accounts for three quarters of all wine production, the heart of which is the Nasik Valley.  Known as the 'Napa of India', this valley is considered to be amongst the most exciting new world wine regions to emerge in the last decade.  Nasik combines a tropical climate with cool nights, giving the vines respite from the  heat and protecting the delicate aromatics. In addition, unique, mixed soils and adoption of  new world varietals as well as popular indigenous varieties all help to contribute to the areas growing popularity. These wines are distinctive and are topped off by a spicy tropical edge.

Southern India accounts for approximately one quarter of all wine production, with the majority fortified in style.  This can be traced back to Portuguese settlers in Goa in the 1600's and is popular domestically.

Northern and Eastern India accounts for a tiny amount of wine production, mainly centred around the town of Champai.

Interest in Indian wine is likely to grow over the coming years as quality increases. Don't be tempted just to drink Indian wine with Indian food - the selection at Weavers match with a wine variety of cuisines!

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  1. Aikya, Soul Tree Sparkling Brut, Nasik Valley, India

    Aikya, Soul Tree Sparkling Brut, Nasik Valley, India 75cl

    This is an aromatic and fruity sparkling wine. Fresh light lemon with hints of green peppers show on the palate with and aromatic and fruity finish. This is a really interesting sparkling wine.

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  2. Soul Tree Sauvignon Blanc, Nasik Valley

    Soul Tree Sauvignon Blanc, Nasik Valley, 2014 75cl

    A typically crisp Sauvignon with some refreshing floral notes and a vibrant mouth-feel. Pear fruit character is well supported by a refreshing elderflower flavour and herby overtones, the finish is crisp and refreshing.

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  3. Soul Tree Cabernet Sauvignon, Nasik Valley

    Soul Tree Cabernet Sauvignon, Nasik Valley, 2015 75cl

    Juicy blackcurrant fruit carries from the nose through to a palate that is soft and supple. There is a hint of spice and a touch of mint too, the finish brings ripe berry and plum.

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  4. Soul Tree Shiraz, Nasik Valley

    Soul Tree Shiraz, Nasik Valley, 2015 75cl

    Dark berry fruits dominate the nose with some subtle mint and chocolate notes supporting. There is a generous dose of peppery spice, typical of the Shiraz grape, and generous fruit content all the way through to the finish.

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  5. Soul Tree Rosé, Nasik Valley

    Soul Tree Rosé, Nasik Valley India, 2016 75cl

    Juicy strawberry fruit is the first thing you notice but this is followed by some light spicy notes that give a bit of extra character. The finish is refreshingly fruity with the slightest hint of pepper.

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