The modern wine market in India is small; annual per capita consumption of wine in the country is a just 1/8000th of that of France!

That said viticulture in India has a long history dating back to the time of the Indus Valley civilisation when grapevines were believed to have been introduced from Persia. Winemaking has existed throughout most of India's history but was particularly encouraged during the time of the Portuguese and British colonisation. The end of the 19th century saw the phylloxera louse take its toll on the Indian wine industry followed by religious and public opinion moving towards the prohibition of alcohol. Following independence from the British Empire, the Constitution of India declared that one of the government's aims was the total prohibition of alcohol. Several states went dry and the government encouraged vineyards to convert to table grape and raisin production.  However, in the 1980s - 1990s, a revival took place as international influences and the growing middle classes increased demand which continues to grow to this day…

The city of Nashik in the state of Maharashtra is called the "Wine Capital of India.

Wines from Maharashtra...

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