Subscriber login Close [x]
remember me
You are not logged in.

Taj Mahal Brewing Co partners with Oakwood Vineyards to launch Indian wines

Published:  22 March, 2017

The Taj Mahal Brewing Co has partnered with Oakwood Vineyards to make its first foray into wine with an Indian quartet.

The initial wines from the company comprise Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfadel Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc - all available now in the Midlands, Scotland and London, with plans to branch out to all other areas of the UK within the next few months (rsp: £7.99).

Made from handpicked grapes and benefitting from the tropical climate of India, the range would set itself apart from other wines, with the reds featuring an "elegant and fruity" taste with hints of oak and black pepper, while the whites are described as "off dry" suiting the spicy nature of Indian cuisine and Sunday roasts.

The "heart and soul" of Taj Mahal wines were the vineyards located in Nashik Valley, India's largest wine-grape growing region, said MD Caroline Fitzgerald.

"The vineyards are in an area blessed with warm summer days and cool winter nights - the perfect climate conditions and excellent rich soils result in exceptional vintages, with each vintage having a character of its own which is the strong appeal of our Indian wines."

The portfolio, produced by family-owned Oakwood Vineyards which has more than four decades of experience in wine making, would be extended with a Shiraz this summer alongside two reserve wines aged in French Oak imported into India - a Carbernet and Shiraz, while a sparkling wine was set to be introduced towards the end of the year.

The newly established and privately-financed Taj Mahal Brewing Co, which started out last year with the launch of a range of Indian craft beers, said Taj Mahal wines would plug a gap in the UK market for a "quality" Indian offering.

"Premium craft is our strong point and we are confident the British consumer will love this venture into the real taste of India. Whether it be curry, roasts, cheese or desserts, we have a wine to suit all occasions and tastes," said Fitzgerald, who has spent years in France involved in the wine and spirit trade. 

"Indian wines are not just for Indian people, just like French wines are not just for French people - 95% of the people who frequent Indian restaurants are Brits."