A Sip of India

This article is part of my series of posts from the Miami International Wine Fair.

Chateau Indage sounds like it could be the name of a winery in France or in California. It’s actually the name of India’s largest and oldest winery.

Chateau Indage is one of several brands in the Indage Wines family. Indage is located in the state of Maharashtra, which is on the western coast of the country. The company produces an impressive assortment of red, white and sparkling wines, several of which were available to try at the Miami wine fair.

Chateau Indage’s Marquise de Pompadour sparkling wine is made in the traditional Champenoise method with a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Ugni Blanc grapes. It has a crisp, creamy taste with well-balanced acidity. The mouthfeel is very similar to Cava with larger bubbles that seem to expand in your mouth; it’s not quite as delicate as Champagne.

Among the other Indage wines I tasted, I enjoyed a couple from Tiger Hill. The Chardonnay was clean and crisp with a refreshing taste of green apple and melon. The Merlot Shiraz was well balanced with flavors of ripe strawberries, plum and cassis with a finish of pepper. It has an earthy taste to it, much like wines from South America.

The Indian wines I tried were not quite as sophisticated as their American or French counterparts but they had a lot of potential. With the quality and variety of the wines India is now producing, it seems the country is poised to become a bigger player in the international wine scene.