It is long-familiar all over the globe that India is a country of
extremes, be it culture or weather, you name it. Same goes for the people of
Indian origin when it comes to drinking and relishing wine. On the one hand
there are millions of teetotalers who consider touching wine is a faux pas
and on the other hand, there are umpteen wine gourmets and entrepreneurs.
It is a common perception that wine was introduced to the country by west.
However, Indian wine gurus rebuff such claims and point towards an
hallucinogenic drink called Soma - mentioned in the
scriptures of Vedic age (circa 1500-1000 B.C.). Also, in sixteenth century,
European travellers to the court of Mughal emperors praised the wines
of Hyderabad, Surath and royal vineyards of Kashmir.
History of Wine production in India may be arguable but the future is indubitably
bright. The reasons being tropical weather; immense acreage of nutritive soil types;
growing middle-class with ever so increasing disposable income; increasing interest
of wealthy foreign investors in India; and influence of
western culture. Wine production in India is expected to grow at the rate of 40% per
Saturday, May 12, 2007, 02:46 PM