By now many would be aware of the fact that Grover Zampa, one of India’s oldest wine companies has picked up an international trophy for best in class for its Art Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2014 at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards a few days ago. While there are wine awards aplenty, Decanter is undoubtedly one of the biggies, which is what makes this especially significant. With a judging panel headlined by big names in the wine world like Steven Spurrier, Jeannie Cho Lee, Andrew Jefford and Gerard Basset MW, the awards have the clout to propel winning wines into the major league.
That makes it the first major award of its calibre to an Indian wine company. At DAWA 2014, Grover Zampa also went on to pick up 8 other awards, including a silver for the newly-launched Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection white, a barrel-fermented Viognier, and another silver for its Grand Reserve wine, Chêne, a Tempranillo-Syrah blend. (The Art Collection, a range of 6 wines, features paintings by noted Indian artists on the labels à la Chateau Mouton Rothschild. Artists here include Paresh Maity, Rekha Roddwitya and Sanjay Bhattacharya). In its corner too, is a longstanding association with famous flying winemaker Michel Rolland, and now a serious presence in both India’s top wine (more…)