How does a sparkling wine with 24 k gold flakes taste? Delicious. At least that’s what most of the guests present at the launch event had to say about Grover Zampa’s new sparkling wine Auriga celestial.
On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, India’s leading wine producer Grover Zampa Vineyards organised an evening full of interesting sessions. Starting with a vertical tasting of its flagship wine Grover La Reserve (vintages 2011, 2013 and 2015), one of the country’s first premium reserve wines, followed by a food and wine pairing session conducted by the winemaker Karishma Grover and ending the night with the launch of a new sparkling wine. It was a special evening for the guests as they also tasted Grover Zampa’s signature limited edition wine Insignia 2015 vintage. The wine sold only by invitation in magnum bottles (1.5 liters) is a 100% shiraz wine with only 600 bottles produced from the vineyards in Nandi Hills, Karnataka. Insignia was launched last year and was priced at Rs 5000 per bottle making it India’s most premium wine. This vintage is priced at Rs.6000 and a perfect collector’s wine.
The new sparkling wine Auriga is named after the constellation and has gold flakes floating inside the bottle. The wine made from Chenin blanc grapes is produced by the traditional method and spends 9 months on lees adding a bit of complexity and creamy texture to the bubbly. Auriga is priced at Rs 1550 and available only in Maharashtra at the moment.
Speaking about the 25 yrs journey, Kapil Grover, Chairman, Grover Zampa Vineyards said, “For most, a journey is about traveling from one place to another. For us, it is about reaching a higher ground as we grow. It has been 25 years since we produced our first wine in 1992, a dream envisioned by my father. Today, we boast the most impressive pedigree in the Indian wine industry. This year, in keeping with our traditions of excellence and innovation, we have taken it a notch higher: we proudly present to you Auriga. With this launch, we have added more breadth to our portfolio with a wine that provides the perfect accompaniment for life’s ceremonial moments.” Also present at the occasion was Ravi Jain, Director, Grover Zampa Vineyards who added, “In an era of wine enthusiasts wanting a choice of wines of distinct styles at various price points, Grover Zampa Vineyards has developed a global portfolio that would suit a diverse palate. Today, Grover Zampa Vineyards has successfully completed 25 years of wine making and to mark this celebratory occasion, we have yet again raised the bar through the launch of a unique Brut sparkling wine with edible gold – Auriga. With this collection of vintage sparkling wine, we want every ceremonial occasion to be celebrated with a touch of gold.”
Grover Zampa has made steady inroads into the export markets and currently exports about 20% of its volume to more than 30 countries, with top markets being France, Japan, and the UK.