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The 10 Finest Indian Red Wines You Need On Your Shelf!

By Somdutta Mazumder

Updated - June 25, 2020 7 min read

It might have taken Indians a tad longer to foster a fondness for wine, but now, you're likely to meet a crowd of wine fans at every bar you visit. A lot like the supporters of spirits, wine lovers are loyal, dedicated to experimentation and tend to rely on a few classic favourites. In parallel to the wine culture in India evolving slowly but significantly, wineries in the subcontinent make strides towards bringing newer, better bottles to our wine shelves, and thus helping us grow more sophisticated wine palates. 

India's red wine market is expanding every day, and in the last couple of years, we've discovered several domestic wines that proved to be stellar in quality, and remarkable in taste. We're beyond excited about the commendable growth in Indian wines, and while a new favourite gets added every so often, we want to take a moment to appreciate the ones we've loved so far. So here's us listing the 10 best Indian red wines you need to get your hands and mouth on. 

 

1. Cabernet Shiraz By Sula 

 

Winery

Sula Vineyards, Nashik Valley 

 

Grape Variety 

70% Shiraz + 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Price 

INR 895 for 750 ml

 

Alcohol Content 

13.5% 

 

There's a reason Sula enjoys the kind of popularity in India as it does, the wines are genuinely exceptional. Cabernet Shiraz by Sula, is a smooth, medium-bodied red wine that pairs well with grilled meats and hard cheese in equal measure. It has a rich deep purple colour, and an enticing aroma of spice, smokiness coupled with blueberries and blackberries. Cabernet Shiraz by Sula is touted to be India's best-selling red wine, and about one sip later you will understand why. 

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2. Sette by Fratelli Wines 

 

Winery

Fratelli Vineyards, Akluj, Maharashtra  

 

Grape Variety 

60% Sangiovese + 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Price 

INR 1,700 for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

13.5%

 

This one is a delicious red wine, boasting of rich flavours of smoky coffee and chocolate, topped off with a lingering finish. Sette is a wine vertical by Fratelli, a premium homegrown wine company that has successfully carved a niche for setting remarkable standards for Indian wines. The commendable Indian wine brand has released about 5 vintages of Sette with the first dating back to 2009, and has triumphantly answered the age-long question of "can Indian wines age?". The 2017 vintage comes with woody, smoky aromas at first sniff, followed by subtle notes of tobacco and dark plum. 

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3. Big Banyan Merlot 

 

Winery

Big Banyan Wines, Bengaluru, Karnataka 

 

Grape Variety 

Merlot 

 

Price 

INR 750 (Approx.) for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

13%

 

The Big Banyan Merlot is an exemplary red, packed with divine smoothness and soft, velvety tannins. This is a dry and medium-bodied wine, with a plummy finish that establishes it as a fun, free and easy wine every Indian novice connoisseur needs to get a taste of. It's the perfect wine to savour on a warm evening, and the luscious wholesome taste you will be met with will dispel any scepticism you might have when picking the bottle. Pair this wine with grilled meat and vegetables, pasta, or lightly spiced Indian food. 

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4.  Four Seasons Barrique Reserve Shiraz

 

Winery

Four Seasons Vineyards, Baramati, Maharashtra  

 

Grape Variety 

87% Shiraz + 10% Cabernet Sauvignon + 3% Viognier

 

Price 

INR 1,000 (Approx.) for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

13% 

 

This Reserve Shiraz by Four Seasons is a complex, full-bodied red with stunning smoky and earthy flavours in every sip. One of the best Indian red wines in the market, this one has received several accolades due to its excellent taste and depth of palate. It boasts of an inky violet hue with a powerful mix of plummy and ripe blackberry notes. An enticing aroma of warm fruits and dry spices greets your nose first thing upon swirling. Enjoy this delightful red with fine cuisine, including gently spiced red meats, mushrooms or chargrilled vegetables. 

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5. La Reserve by Grover Zampa 

 

Winery

Grover Zampa Vineyards, Doddaballapura, Karnataka 

 

Grape Variety 

Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon + Shiraz

 

Price 

INR 1,050 for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

14%

 

Awarded with Gold under Asia wines at the Silk Route Awards 2016, La Reserve by Grover Zampa is a smooth, complex and full-bodied red. It comes with a flavoursome bouquet of ripe red and black fruits, and spicy aromas. A sip of this elegant red, and your tongue is greeted with flavours of chocolate, coffee beans and vanilla, and smooth tannins that leave a pleasant aftertaste. This Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz blend is one of the most respected favourites in the category of Indian red wines. 

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6. Reserve Tempranillo By Charosa 

 

Winery

Charosa Winery, Charosa Village, Maharasthra 

 

Grape Variety 

Tempranillo 

 

Price 

INR 1,500 for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

13%

 

Dubbed as one of the finest red wines produced in the country, this liquor hails from the Charosa vineyard in Maharastra. It comes in enticing dark ruby colour, and the wine comprises of rich aromas of Coconut, Vanilla and Raspberry. The taste has dominant fruity flavours ranging from Raspberry to Plum, and a bottle of Charosa Tempranillo is aged for 12 months in a year-old French oak barrel. Charosa Reserve Tempranillo is a refreshing, well-balanced homegrown red wine that deserves a lot more credit than it usually gets. 

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7. York Arros 

 

Winery

York Winery, Nashik Valley 

 

Grape Variety 

Reserve Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon + Shiraz

 

Price 

INR 950 (Approx.) for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

14.3%

 

Arros is the flagship wine by York Winery, a family-run Indian wine company that has quickly established a stellar reputation for itself. A blended Indian red with a distinct dark chilli pepper note, York Arros carries a paprika-like aroma that's delightful to the senses. It has an uncomplicated, easy-going taste coupled with a smooth mouthfeel, blended together by 13 months of ageing in French and American Oak barrels. It pairs well with an extensive variety of food, ranging from steaks and kebabs to spicy Indian dishes, and from cheese to chocolates. 

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8. Reveilo Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Winery

Reveilo Winery, Nashik Valley 

 

Grape Variety 

Cabernet Sauvignon 

 

Price 

INR 1,500 (Approx.) for 750 ml. 

 

Alcohol Content 

14% 

 

This is an immensely drinkable red with fresh acidity, and a youthful mix of berries and cherries topped off with hints of smoke and spice. It's a straightforward red with a short finish and a velvety body, that lands it in the category of smooth-tasting Indian red wines. Owned by a family of wine enthusiasts, Reveilo Wines is lauded for its range of vegan wines intended for an easy-drinking experience. The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wine comes with a cohesive mix of tasty flavours, and is highly recommended for pairing with foods like sauced meat, aged cheese, heavy soups, grilled steak and lamb chops. 

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9. KRSMA Sangiovese

 

Winery

KRSMA Estate, Hampi Hills 

 

Grape Variety 

Sangiovese 

 

Price 

INR 1,800 for 750 ml. (2012) 

 

Alcohol Content 

13% 

 

This full-bodied red comes in a deep crimson shade mixed together with hints of purple. This is a complex, yet clean Sangiovese with a fair amount of tannins, and very drinkable taste. KRSMA estate located at Hampi Hills, has won both national and global recognition for leading the production of quality wine up north, and their Sangiovese is no different. This well-balanced, smooth red packed with a pleasant blend of lovely fruit flavours, is best enjoyed by itself, or with lighter meals like tomato-sauce pasta. 

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10. Myra Cabernet Sauvignon 

 

Winery

Myra Vineyards, Nashik Valley 

 

Grape Variety 

Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Price 

INR 1500 (Approx.) for 750 ml

 

Alcohol Content 

14% 

 

An excellent medium to full-bodied fruity wine, Cabernet Sauvignon by Myra is crafted to be easy to drink, and uncomplicated to enjoy. This Indian red wine is marked by round and smooth tannins, and well-balanced acidity. this wine is great to be enjoyed with a portion of creamy pasta, Indian gravy dish, or just on its own. With every sip of this wine, you get dark fruits on your palette and a good finish. 

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Enjoy the best of Indian red wine, one leisurely sip at a time. 

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