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Confessions of a Winemaker – Ajoy Shaw, Sula Vineyards

If I wasn’t making wine, I’d be… :

Experimenting with food in the kitchen

Favourite fruit apart from grapes, I’d like to use to make wine from… :

Apples

Favourite perfume / cologne is… :

Rarely use any perfume, but prefer Old Spice musk

ajoy_shawFavourite wine region in the world is…

Rhone valley

As a wine maker my number one asset is my… :

Experience, which improves year after year and gives me many more ideas on how to handle the fruit

I’d like to see my wine drunk by… :

Every Indian

Something a wine maker should never do is… :

Complain about the fruit or the vintage. Use your gut feeling and make the best wine.

My wine making mentor is… :

Kerry Damskey. I have learnt so much working with him for the last 15 years.

Behind every successful wine maker is a…:

A good vineyard

My desert island wine is… :

A wonderful old vintage Port wine coming out of a treasure chest!

Confessions of a Winemaker – Karishma Grover, Grover Vineyards

If I wasn’t making wine, I’d be… :

I don’t know! I think I have found my passion quite early on, and am very grateful for that!

Favourite fruit apart from grapes, I’d like to use to make wine from… :

I don’t really like wine made from other fruit. In any case- the dictionary definition of wine is alcohol produced from grapes.

Favourite perfume / cologne is… :

This changes every year almost! Last year it was CK in2u, and currently it is Miss Dior. Tomorrow, who knows!

Karishma Grover

Favourite wine region in the world is… :

India! California is also very dear to me, as it is where I studied and learned a lot of what I know.

As a wine maker my number one asset is my… :

Passion.

I’d like to see my wine drunk by… :

Everyone. I think wine is an enjoyable drink that often gets lost under all the ceremony.

Something a wine maker should never do is… :

Close their minds to trying new wines- learning. It is a lovely industry to grow in, and one should never reach a point where they know everything.

My wine making mentor is… :

Michel Rolland. He was one of my main influences to even join the industry.

My desert island wine is… :

Champagne! Veuve Cliquot.

Karnataka doubles grape output in 7 yrs

Business Standard – July  23,  2014

The area under grape cultivation in Karnataka has more than doubled in seven years, to 20,400 hectares in 2013-14 from 9,700 hectares in 2007-08. The production of all kinds of grapes has increased 98 per cent to 331,800 tonnes during the period. The Karnataka Grape Processing and Wine Policy of 2007 played a major role in this development.