Indian wine – a progress report


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My first exposure to Indian wineries and vineyards last month was a revelation. It’s extraordinary in a way that anyone persists with viticulture in such a hot climate with its months of monsoons, but about 50 wineries do, and I was told that there have so far been almost 1,000 applications for winery licences. 

After China, India with its burgeoning middle class holds out the promise of the world’s biggest potential for market growth, but a complex web of taxes and regulations seems likely to contain that growth for quite a while yet...