Good wine comes when you wait for that perfect moment. In technical terms, this is when grapes are at their peak phenolic ripeness, to maximise the quality of the wine, without compromising on the colour and taste. Sounds like a precise moment, right? Well, it is!
In India, the real journey of the wine grapes begin at this time of the year. If you drive by a vineyard, you can see lush canopies bearing down with rich clusters of juicy, plump grapes. They are just ripe and ready to be plucked. (Psst…this is also the perfect time to visit a vineyard.) Unlike Europe and the US, the harvest season in India starts in February and extends till April.
The vineyards we source our grapes from, in Nashik and Ramnagar, fall under the tropical climate band where temperature rises to 45 °C in summer and can fall to 8 °C in winter. Here, the vineyards are typically located at a higher altitude, along the picturesque slopes of the hills. This way, the grapes stay protected from winds, and it also allows them to breathe in the cooler air.
While we are on the topic of wine making and harvesting, there are a few more factors that make Indian wine so special.
One, is the terroir. As you know, the quality of wine is dependant on the terroir, a set of environmental factors that affect a crop’s character. The soil and climate in Nashik and Ramnagar are just ideal for grapes to thrive and reach their fullest goodness.
Two, wine is the labour of love in India. Literally. While globally, grapes are plucked by hand only in the finest vineyards (the mass-produced ones are highly mechanised), in India grapes are largely hand-picked.
Three, in India, vines grow throughout the year. Colder countries experience a naptime in winters. But we have to prune the grapes twice – after and before the harvest. Thus, more effort goes into making wines in India than in other countries.
Four – and this is the reason Big Banyan wines are different and extra special – they are prepared under the watchful eye of our Italian vintner, Lucio Matricardi. Now you know the secret behind the magical taste!
All this talk about harvesting is making us yearn for some wine. We’ll go unbottle our season’s best, and you do the same.
This is the drink you need when you want to drink, but not something too alcoholy. Or when there’s an impromptu party at home, and your wine stash is running low. Or when you just don’t want to invest in way too much wine for a party.
There are days when you load up on salads and run mini marathons. And then, there are days when you decide to cheat with a box full of cupcakes. Today, is one of such days for us. We paired up a few popular favourites with some of our wines. And the results were simply stupendous!
Summers are synonymous with a quintessential quencher – the lemony lime lemonade. A chilled glass of this sweet citrusy drink can lift your spirits instantly. As the mercury rises, most Indian households make big pitchers of this miracle drink and leave it in the fridge for the whole family to sip on.
It’s just after lunch. Your body craves for its shot of caffeine. But your brain screams in protest, “Have you lost your mind? It’s so hot!” Your body responds coolly, “Then let’s get a glass of wine.” Your brain mulls over this, “Wine? Really? I’m not very sure.” Well, dear brain, don’t overthink this.
The red-hot heat of summers makes us crave for something fresh, light and cool. Our instinct is to reach out for a big bowl of crisp salad. And of course, a glass of wine. Whether you’re having the salad for starters or for mains, pairing it with the right wine makes the greens pop alive, … Continue reading Wine And Salad Pairing Ideas
We’re back with the summer edition of Monday Mixology. Today, we have a simple pineapple sangria recipe that’s refreshingly tropical and oh so summery. It’s the perfect antidote to a stressful Monday. And posh enough to grace your Sunday brunch table. Give it a go! You’ll need: 750 ml Chenin Blanc 2 cups of pineapple … Continue reading Monday Mixology: Pineapple Sangria
We take our wine seriously. Very, very seriously. In fact, we’d consider it a great sacrilege if one did not follow the basic tenets of wine consumption. What are these? Well, they are rules of etiquette, consumption and indulgence.
Slushies are all the rage this season. And with the temperatures soaring (it’s only March), who wouldn’t love a glass of chilled (or even frozen) yumminess? So as part of our Women’s Day celebration, the Pink Week, we’ve created a slushie with our deliciously light rosé wine, Big Banyan Rosa Rossa. Our rosé is created … Continue reading Celebrate Women’s Day with a Wine Slushie
This Valentine’s Day, gift a garden to your loved one. Take home a bottle of our wines, and get a gift card with embedded seeds free. Plant the card and watch it blossom.
If you’re someone who loves entertaining friends at home, these tips are just for you. Follow them and brush up on your mixing skills. Dish out the most delish cocktails ever.