The firm of Moët & Chandon, founded in Epernay in 1743, today has an annual champagne production of ca.30 million bottles. Despite being the world’s largest producer of Champagne, it has a reputation for being an innovative house, both in terms of wine production and in its business dealings. It listed on the French stock exchange in 1962 and launched its first sparkling wine subsidiary in the Napa Valley in 1973. Chandon Australia was founded in 1986 and has a well-deserved reputation for its Green Point sparkling wine. This is released under crown cap, rather than cork, to eliminate any potential problems with TCA.
News that such a highly-regarded firm was to establish a wine making outpost in Nashik leaked out in early 2011 and created considerable local excitement. Their first release, scheduled for October 2013, has been created using bought grapes and vinified and aged at York Winery’s facilities in Nashik. Head winemaker at York is Kailash Gurnani who has undertaken work experience at Chandon Australia.
Domain Chandon India is currently building their own winery outside Nashik.
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