India’s wine grape harvest is well down this year. A spell of unseasonal rain in October and November has spoiled grapes sown in Sangli and Nashik – both are in the State of Maharashtra in the “cooler” areas near the Western Ghats mountain range.
Pictured above – Sula vineyards – dominant Indian wine brand
On average, the state of Maharashtra crushes 20,000 tonnes of grapes and produces 1.2 million litres of wine – this year, however, just 12,000 to 15,000 tonnes of grapes will be crushed, resulting in the production of 700,000 litres of wine.
I first heard about this from the Trade Promotion Council of India who produce terrific information about trade with India – well worth having a look at their website.
But the figures hide another reality – quality will be down.
Commenting on the issue, Mr. Rajesh Jadhav, secretary of All India Wine Production Association, said, “There will be a 25% reduction in wine production and due to poor quality of the fruit, it will be difficult to maintain quality.”
India’s millennials (there are 450 million of them) are drinking wine – not in quantity but definitely chasing quality.
The Australian wine industry has a presence in India but mostly at the lower end – cheaper or good value wines led by Jacobs Creek.
Time for Australian wines to pursue sales channels in India!