Indian Wine Clubs

Wine lecture at NagpurNotwithstanding the difficulties that it has faced over the past few years, the Indian wine industry continues to grow and diversify. Most of that growth has come about because increasingly sophisticated Indian consumers have developed an appreciation of the social pleasures of sharing a glass of wine and are very willling to try local products. Consumers are also showing a keen interest in developing their wine knowledge and palates which has inevitably lead to the creation of a number of wine clubs and societies.

The oldest of these is the Delhi Wine Club, founded in 2002, which recently celebrated its 200th event.  Congratulations!  Meanwhile the Mumbai-based Wine Society of India, with its distinguished foreign advisers, can lay claim to being India's largest wine club.  Wine clubs have also been established in a number of other metropolitan areas including Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Nashik.

Now the Orange city of Nagpur has joined the trend with the first wine club in central India. The first ever seminar on wine in Nagpur was conducted in late 2010 and following the enthusiasm shown there, the Nagpur Wine Lovers Club (NWLC) was established in Janury 2011 with 11 initial persons. Form these small beginnings, and in less than two years. the  NWLC now has 112 registered members.  Organised events have seen lectures and tastings from prominent Indian wineries including Sula, Nine Hills, Four Seasons,Turning Point, Chateau D’ori, Ambrosia and Pause.

NWLC’s activities have included wine courses and one day workshops for Wine retailers, cafes, restaurants and Bars.  Future plans include Nagpur's - and central India's - first ever Wine & Food Festival. NWLC has recently obtained membership of the Indian Grape Processing Board who, together with the All India Wine Manufacturers Association, have agreed to help sponsor a Wine Festival scheduled on 2nd & 3rd March 2013.

Further details of the NWLC can be found at

2 thoughts on “Indian Wine Clubs

  1. Very interesting article indeed. Having recently returned from India, one of the questions I posed to myself was, Does India have a thriving Wine market? I have never tasted an Indian wine but it only seemed common sense that if good Indian wine is available it should most definetely be stocked in good Indian restaurants in the U.K. I have to wonder whether there is an opputuntity for me here to embark on a Business venture that could be quiet fruitful for all involbed (please do excuse the pun). I would love to have some more information on the practicalities of becoming an agent for Indian Wine in the U.K. If you could possibly send me some further information that would be fantastic. Thank you.

  2. ‘Am thinking of starting a business on redwine making in Northern Karnataka. Though wine culture in India came very late specially after the retrun of NRIs, there has been growth of many producers in India . Would be glad to know the sale volume of average wine makers in India considering significant exports.

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