India's leading wine exporter, Grover Vineyards, is now targeting the UK with the aid of Bibendum Wine, which has become its exclusive distributor in this country.
Unlike most Indian wines, which are sourced from Maharashtra, Grover Vineyards was set up in 1988 in the temperate Nandi Hills in Karnataka following a seven-year search for the best place to grow grapes.
The Nandi Hills are about 1,000m above sea level and are protected from the monsoon rains, with a less humid climate than Maharashtra and a longer, cooler growing season - temperatures range from 11-21e_SDgrC in the winter and 23-29e_SDgrC in the summer. The well-drained soils are predominantly gravel with red loam, granite and clay.
After initially experimenting with 33 grape varieties, Grover now focuses on Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, of which 80% of exports go to France.
Its debut UK line-up comprises Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Shiraz and the award-winning 2006 La Reserve.
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