Many believe that a wine’s essential from the land where the grapes are grown. The soil, the climate, the very environs which surround the grape as it ripens to its lushest, plumpest best, go to contribute to the flavour of the wine. The wine connoisseurs call this the terroir. And we owe our flavours to the terroir of the finest vineyards in India – in Nashik. This origin of our grapes has also earned us the label of being one of the finest wines made in India.
Renowned as the Napa Valley of India, Nashik is just a short drive away from Mumbai. Originally, this region was known for its table grapes, but in the recent past, it started gaining reputation for its wine grape.
Nashik is nestled in the Western Ghats of India, about 2000 feet above sea level. With mild temperatures throughout the year, it is ideal for both the white varietal and red.
The grapes of Nashik flourish in the rich laterite soil of the region. Rich in iron, with good drainage, this soil varies from sandy clay loam and red laterite to murrum soils, all well suited for grape cultivation.
The typical tropical temperatures of Nashik are ideal for grapes. With high temperature variation between night and day, the vines get to recover sufficiently from the day stress due to the high amount of activity because of heat. . The very cold climate during early part of the harvest season is perfect for the white varietals, and the hot climate during the latter part of the season is suitable for the red grape maturation.
The area receives ample rainfall and is also irrigated by the river Godavari and its tributaries. This, coupled with clean air, contributes to the grapes being nurtured lovingly by nature, before they are ready for harvesting.
From vineyards spread across the region of Nashik, we source our grapes lovingly, with great care and much meticulousness. And then using traditional Italian wine making processes we create the magic that is Big Banyan wine. To taste our fine Indian wines, head over to: http://bigbanyanwines.com/our-wines/
Summer is a state of mind. The overcast skies of Bangalore sometimes make us long for warm sunshine. To cheer our spirits, we captured that elusive sunshine in a glass – with our citrusy, zesty white wine cocktail. It’s quick and (ridiculously) easy to make (like all our other drinks). You will find all the … Continue reading A citrusy affair
The name says it all. ‘Dessert’ wine. This is a sweet wine that’s typically served as dessert. Or with a dessert.These wines are typically made from grapes like Muscat, Riesling, Pinot Gris, etc., and are left of the vines till the grapes extend beyond the standard stage of ripeness.
When you read a wine label, you encounter poetic descriptions about the aroma of wine. It may be made of grapes, but the smell includes a whole host of other elements. They conjure images of fruits, flowers, herbs, spices, wood and even the most intangible, esoteric ideas.
Put it down to our childhood, or just the scorching heat, summers leave us longing for a nice, long holiday. This week, we had the perfect opportunity to take that break. We came over to Goa for the Grape Escapade. For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, the Grape Escapade is a … Continue reading Let’s go on a Grape Escapade!
Summer’s here, and it’s official. The languid afternoons call for drinks that are cool, fruity and refreshing. Our absolute favourites for this season are Sangrias. These wine-based cocktails originated in Spain. But today, they are loved the world over. Traditionally,a Sangria was a punch made with red wine, chopped fruit, fruit juice, and other alcohol … Continue reading Strawberry Orange White Wine Sangria
It is just the beginning of summer but the temperatures are already spiking. Cool, inviting pools are a regular feature of our daydreams. Wide brimmed hats, sunscreen and sunglasses are part of our daily garb. But most importantly, we long for ice filled drinks with all kinds of fruity little bits, laced with alcohol. Hydration … Continue reading 3 wine cocktails for Indian summers
Today, we go back to the basics, and master the art of cooking with wine. We introduce you to terms you may have read in cookbooks, and even perhaps, tried practicing at home. This blog will elevate your home cooking experience, and turn your dishes into culinary masterpieces. To aid us in our efforts, we … Continue reading Cooking with wine: Your guide to cooking with red and white wine
It’s the season of merry making. The last week of December is one endless stream of parties. Wine is almost the natural choice of drink during this season. Serving it up in interesting ways can pose quite a challenge. To keep it pocket friendly, specially when you’d like to pair it with cheese, can seem … Continue reading How to make the Ultimate Wine and Cheese Board on a budget
This seems like an obvious thing, right? The pairing choice is so natural that you’d not think twice about it. Be it at home, or your favourite Italian restaurant, your choice of drink with pasta is inevitably wine. But do you know what wine works well with the pastas on the menu? If the restaurant … Continue reading Pairing your pasta and wine
There’s a nip in the air, and the first signs of winter are everywhere. We love the darker, full-bodied reds for this season, as they are so hearty. Today, we’re going to introduce you to Shiraz, a red wine with a distinct, robust personality. Regions with warmer temperatures, like Australia and India, are perfect for … Continue reading Know your wine: Shiraz