~The second edition of the India Wine Awards saw 184 medal winners being crowned
from a total of 353 nominations in a glittering ceremony held at the Grand Ballroom, The
~The Sonal Holland Wine Academy in partnership with Wine Intelligence, a global consumer research leader, launched the second edition of the India Wine Insider, a report on the urban Indian wine drinker that tracks his attitude, behaviour and relationship with the beverage~
The winners of the 2018 India Wine Awards were revealed in a sparkling black-tie event attended by all the luminaries of the wine and hospitality world at The Leela, Mumbai.
The dazzling award ceremony, presented by whisky wizard and media personality Anish Trivedi, saw 184 medals in Silver, Gold and Diamond awarded to domestic and international wines, including 30 Best in Class Trophies for outstanding wines in the competition results. The popular Best Wine Pairings with Indian Cuisine category had 10 Trophy Winners emerge from 120 wines, paired with nine dishes such as chicken chettinad and mutton rahra.
Raising the bar as the country’s most authoritative wine awards, a special category of Excellence in Restaurant Wine Programs at Hotels and Premium Stand-Alone Restaurants located in the three major consumption centers of Mumbai, Delhi-NCR and Bangalore recognised 20 restaurants for a World Class Wine List, 8 restaurants as World Class Wine Destinations and a further 6 restaurants for the best Wine-Trained Service staff.
The India Wine Awards, led by the most qualified and foremost wine professionals in India and abroad, is an initiative powered by Sonal Holland, India's first Master of Wine and Founder-Director of SoHo Wine Club. Wines entered in the competition were judged over two days (on September 18 and 19) by a panel chaired by Sonal Holland, comprising 18 distinguished wine and food experts.
To build a strong foundation for Excellence in Restaurant Wine Programs at Hotels and Premium Stand-Alone Restaurants, for the first time in any Indian wine competition an independent panel of five international Master of Wines, including Sonal Holland, was formed to bring their global experience and unmatched expertise to the judging process. The panelists included:
On that sparkling night, mingling over award-winning wines and a gastronomic dinner hosted by The Leela Mumbai, were Kapil Grover, Director Grover Zampa Vineyards; Dietmar Keilnhofer, general Manager of JW Marriott Sahar; lifestyle chef Rakhee Vasvani; gourmand Nikhil Merchant; eminent restauranteurs Gauri Devidayal and Rahul Akerkar, and celebrity columnist Nisha Jamvwal.
Some of the highlights from the 2018 India Wine Awards were:
Setting the wheels in motion for the awards, Sonal Holland said, “Receiving a massive 353 nominations, the India Wine Awards has established itself as the country’s apex wine competition, built on the four pillars of integrity, authenticity, credibility and relevance. It is our commitment to develop India’s wine industry, rewarding excellence. The 2018 India Wine Awards showcases the depth and versatility of Indian wines to the globe, while offering a platform for international labels to reach out to the domestic market.
For the urban Indian, wine is a cultural disruptor. Wine has sparked more conversations beyond what we could have ever imagined. Serving as the ultimate consumer guide, the India Wine Awards helps wine consumers navigate a labyrinth of seemingly impossible choices, to select the perfect wine for the occasion.”
Explaining the rationale behind introducing the Excellence in Restaurant Wine Programs, Victoria Burt, who attended the awards ceremony, said, “The best wine programs combine well-considered, well-priced wine lists, initiatives to engage consumers, such as wine flights, and calendar of interesting wine-focused events. I was very pleased to note a number of restaurants and hotels in India are involved in both, certified education such as WSET, and more informal staff training. As ambassadors of the restaurant and its wine list, the power of well-trained sommeliers and waiting staff cannot be underestimated in driving success.”
Applauding the effort, Gauri Devidayal, Co-Founder The Table restaurant, Magazine Street Kitchen and Miss T, and one of the jury members, said, “The India Wine Awards is a much-needed consumer initiative and a welcome recognition of the growing trend in production and consumption of wine in India. I hope that all wineries, importers and restaurants participate in this program in the coming years.”
On the 2018 India Wine Awards night, Sonal Holland MW, in collaboration with Wine Intelligence, the global consumer research leader for wine businesses, launched the second edition of the India Wine Insider, a report that has grown in scope. The paper focuses on insights from urban Indian wine drinkers, who are defined as drinking domestic or imported wine at least once every 6 months. The report measures their attitudes, behaviour and relationship with wine. Presenting market opportunities for growth, the 96-page report gives an in-depth insight into the psyche of India’s urban wine drinker. Highlighting key wine trends, it is available for purchase. A quick glimpse into some of the key findings:
The sparkling 2018 India Wine Awards night ended on a high note, bringing to culmination a year-long process to recognise the best available wines in India.
For the 2018 India Wine Awards, the main presenting partners were WSET, the world's leading provider of wine & spirit education, and Lucaris, the modern Asian exclusive crystal stemware brand. The associate partners for the awards were Avendus Wealth Management, Eurocave, India Circus, TMJ fine jewels and Autohangar.
The Eminent Jury Members for the 2018 India Wine Awards
The List of Award Winners at the 2018 INDIA WINE AWARDS
Grover Zampa Chêne Grand Réserve 2015
Sula Dindori Reserve Viognier 2018
Fratelli MS Rosé 2017
Grover Zampa Soirée Brut Rosé 2015
Le Volte dell’ Ornellaia 2015, Italy
Framingham Pinot Noir 2017, New Zealand
Joseph Drouhin ‘Drouhin-Vaudon’ Chablis Reserve de Vaudon 2015, France
Susana Balbo CRIOS Torrontés 2017, Argentina
Chateau d’Esclans Côtes de Provence Whispering Angel Rosé 2017, France
Taittinger Les Folies de la Marquetterie NV, France
Ferrari Brut NV, Italy
York All Rounder White 2017
Reveilo Nero D’Avola 2017
SDU RESERVA 2014
KRSMA Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Campo Viejo Tempranillo 2017, Spain
Zonin Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore DOC, Italy
Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Pauillac, France
Torres Mas La Plana 2012, Spain
Boscoselvo Brunello di Montalcino 2010, Italy
Sula Sparkling Shiraz 2018, India
Sula Brut Rosé 2018, India
Besserat de Bellefont Champagne NV, France
Grover Zampa Soirée Brut 2015, India
The Source Grenache Rosé 2018, India
Casablanca Rosé Spumante NV, India
Casablanca Frizzano Semi Dry NV, India
Sula Zinfandel 2018, India
Yellow Tail Pink Moscato NV, Australia
De Bortoli Noble One 2013, Australia