Grover Zampa Vineyards started in 1988, is India’s leading wine producer and exporter and is known for its heritage, vibrant culture and extraordinary craftsmanship. It is one of the most awarded wine producers and the pioneers of winemaking in India. They work with limited yields, sustainable viticulture practices and selective hand harvesting, which makes for the unique winemaking experience. In the efforts to appease the patrons, both local and international, the recently unveiled a new visitor centre at their Bangalore winery situated in the verdant Nandi Hills.
The company owns wineries and vineyards in the Nashik valley in Maharashtra as well. Recently, the brand hosted a unique event in Bangalore for wine connoisseurs, where they gave them an insight into their winemaking tradition along with a guided tour of their brand new winery. Apart from that, they also introduced the brand’s very first restaurant and lounge, ‘Lounge de La Reserve’, as an ode to the company’s flagship wine – La Reserve. It serves a fusion of Indian and continental cuisines, providing piquant wine pairings and delicacies. The soiree was attended by the who’s who of Bangalore.
Ravi Viswanathan, Chairman, Grover Zampa Vineyards said “We have been striving to make strong amendments to shape and grow the wine industry, raising the standards of Indian vino while making a mark internationally. Directed by this very commitment, we are extremely excited to launch Lounge de La Réserve, and the newer wines, which we believe are truly reflective of the capabilities of the Indian terroir and address to an evolved wine consumer. We have a positive ambition for what the future has in store for us and the wine tourism industry, and are committed to providing our patrons with the very best in wine.”
The Vineyard provides a separate space called ‘Cave the La Reserve’, just for tastings and conducting masterclasses and for cellar door sales of the wines, there is ‘Boutique the La Reserve’. The event included an all-encompassing wine masterclass hosted by Sonal Holland at ‘Cave the La Reserve’.
The event also witnessed the launch of exclusive wines from the brand’s stable. Vendanges Tardives: a rich, intense, full-bodied, aged dessert wine of uncommon grace and elegance; delivering floral notes and traces of spice and apricot. La Réserve Royale Brut: a sparkling vino, traditional method, partly fermented in barrels and aged for more than 30 months, this wine delivers a complex bouquet of lemon zest, flowers, fresh hazelnuts and brioche. Lastly, a new vintage of Insignia: a dry wine with medium body leading to an intricate and meandering trail of fruit-berries, coffee and chocolate, with a hint of black pepper.