The Indian wine market has seen a drastic change in the last ten years. Ten years back, people did noteven know about Indian wines, but now Indian wine brands are very well known. From the domestic to the international market, Indian wine brands have created a wide recognition platform for themselves. Most famous Indian vineyards and wineries are found in Nashik and Karnataka.
The wine demand of Indian customers increased tremendously. Among the top vineyards and wineries of India, Sula wines, Indage and Grover Vineyards have 90 % share of the market totally. Simply, the statistics depict the leading trends of these wine brands.
Indian wine lovers have a sophisticated taste in wine; this is why many Indians have come forward and changed the game of Indian wine market. Today, many Indian brands give a tough competition to other leading international best wine brands in India. A brief guide to get the best red wine from the Indian market is prepared below. Please have a look at the list of top 10 popular red wine brands of India.
10. Chateau d’Ori Cabernet Merlot 2007
Made from Merlot, an elegant grape, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, this deep red wine is produced by Chateau d’Ori winery. This red wine is luscious as it is being stored in oak barrels that give it a strong sense of aroma and extreme feeling of taste. The wine has an intense aroma and also give hints of candied and spiced prunes. Its smooth taste goes very well with any kind of red meat. You can opt for this red wine in India without any hesitation to add more charm to your party.
Variety of Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Price Range: 750ml of Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon costs INR 648
9. Seagram’s Nine Hills
It is a product from the Seagram’s brand. Though the brand is known for its whisky brand, it was awarded at the 2007 Indian wine challenge. The pleasant aroma of this wine reminds of cherries mixed with a little bit of vanilla and all these fruity notes of cherry and strawberry stay with you for a long time. Due to its soft velvety tannins, people love to have it with spicy as well as deep fried dishes. It is absolutely perfect for Indian palate but not as a food wine for the vegetarians. In order to purchase a tasty and unique red wine, you can trust on this brand keeping your eye closed.
Variety of Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
Price Range: 750 ml of this 2007 vintage costs almost INR 565
8. La’ Reserve
La Reserve has been awarded as the “Best New World Red 2005” by Decanter Magazine. Grover Zampa Vineyards of Nashik are behind this full-bodied wine. People love this brand red wine for its engrossed taste and lingering aroma. This specific red wine is housed in French oak barrels for a long time to provide with a distinctive flavour to this product. It complements ripe fruits or a hot piece of spices or strong meat. This wine has a strong taste of chocolate, coffee beans and vanilla that makes it apt for soft cheese, kebabs, and mutton Biryani.
Variety of Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz
Price Range: 750ml of the 2010 vintage costs around INR 800
7. Dindori Reserve Shiraz of Sula Vineyards
This full-bodied wine from Sula Vineyards was a successful brand at the Sommelier India Wine Competition in 2009. If you are fond of lamb dishes or hard cheese, Dindori Reserve Shiraz can enhance the taste of your dinner. The process of formation of this red wine includes the ageing of grapes inside the oak-full barrel in order to increase the fragrance and sweetness. It comes with a taste of lush berry and silky tannins flavour. This item is compatible with any Mexican spicy dishes, seafood or pizza.
Variety of Grapes: Shiraz
Price Range: 750ml of this 2007 vintage wine costs approximately INR 850.
6. Barrique Reserve Shiraz
Barrique Reserve Shiraz is a full-bodied dry wine and it has gained a reputation of a masterpiece. This brand is considered as one of the familiar winemaking brands in India. It is produced by Four Seasons Vineyards, located in Baramati, Maharashtra. Don’t expect it to taste sweet. The taste of this wine is like what you get after amalgamating different spices and ripe blackberries. Best wine to have with the complementary items such as red meat, mushrooms, matured cheese or barbecued food.
Variety of grapes: Shiraz
Price Range: 750 ml of this 2009 vintage costs around INR 900
5. Rasa Shiraz
It is an award-winning brand offered by the well-known Sula Vineyards, based in Nashik. It is supposed to be one of the best brands that are exported outside the country. It is a collector’s item as Sula produces only 1,700 cases of this lively wine. Its fruity aroma and a complex taste make it appropriate for preparing experimental food, barbecues and many other dishes. You can also try it with soft cheese.
A variety of Grapes: Sula Vineyards.
Price Range: 750ml of this 2007 vintage costs INR 1,175
4. Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
This purple, deep red coloured wine is produced by Reveilo Wines. People prefer this wine due to its great fruity taste and subtle aromatic taste. Hints of pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg provide more taste. It has a dark fruity and spicy aroma, which makes it a real fruit bomb in your mouth. It goes well with lamb dishes. You can avail the toothsome red wine to enhance the glamour of any celebration or party.
Variety of Grapes: Sauvignon
Price Range: 750ml of this 2005 vintage costs near about INR 1,345
Sette is one of the leading red wine brands in India. It is produced by Fratelli Wines, which is based in Akluj. The Silver medal that this wine got at the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards in the U.K, tells the whole success story of this 2009 vintage. It tastes like ripe fruits with a hint of vanilla in it, which makes SETTE a great combination for spicy Indian dishes. Sette is another most accomplished and expensive red wine in India.
Variety of Grapes: Sette
Price Range: 750ml of this 2009 vintage costs INR 1,650
2. Chene Grand Reserve
Chene Grand Reserve is widely accepted the brand of red wine in India which is derived from the grover vineyards and popular for its idiosyncratic aroma and taste. This deep ruby wine is a product of Grover Zampa Vineyards. It has bagged many international awards and it is among the costliest red wine brands in India. In the year of 2013, Chene Grand Reserve won the Hong Kong International award as well. With a taste of berries and plums, this flavorful wine can be a companion of many types of dishes like stews, pastas, roasted or grilled vegetables at the temperature level of 16 to 18-degree centigrade. It is deep and concentrated and intense in Ruby colour. It suits as the refreshing notes of an aftertaste of cinnamon and vanilla by kicking off fruity notes. This wine is quite expensive than others available and popular red wines in India.
Variety of Grapes: Tempranillo Signature blend and Syrah
Price Range: 750ml of this 2010 vintage costs almost INR 1,700
1. Grover La’ Reserve
Grover La’ Reserve is also an offering by the Nashik-based Grover Zampa Vineyards. This spicy wine comes available within the buying range of most people in India but still, provides a long aftertaste to your senses. This wine is made by Bordeaux, a French-based winemaker and is being delivered from Shiraz grapes and Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are matured in the French oak barrels to add a long lasting flavour to this wine. This is a profound ruby wine that is packed with lots of spicinesses and lingering oaken flavour along with the bunch of ripe fruits and red organic products. The oak and fruit keeps each other while tannins make them adjust to existing in this red wine.
Variety of Grapes: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon
Price Range: 750ml of this flavorful wine costs around INR 800