Bigger, Better, and Shinier – The India Wine Awards 2018 Winners & Gala Night Celebration

Many a cork was opened with great gusto at The Leela, Mumbai on September 29, 2018. The second edition of the India Wine Awards was bigger, better and shinier! The competition received 353 domestic and international wines of which 184 went home with medals in Silver, Gold, and Diamond, including 30 Best in Class Trophies for outstanding wines.

It was exciting to see the Best Wine Pairings with the Indian Cuisine category show up 10 Trophy Winners from 120 wines paired with nine dishes. A special category across establishments in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru was theExcellence in Restaurant Wine Program, in which 20 restaurants were recognized for a World Class Wine List, eight restaurants as World Class Wine Destinations and a further six restaurants for the Best Wine Trained Service Staff.

In celebration of all the winners, The India Wine Awards 2018 Gala Night was an elegant Black Tie event graced by many luminaries of the wine and hospitality world. Sonal Holland set the wheels in motion with her opening address, “The 2018 India Wine Awards showcases the depth and versatility of Indian wines to the globe while offering a platform for international labels to reach out to the domestic market. For the urban Indian, wine is a cultural disruptor. Wine has sparked more conversations than we could ever have imagined. Serving as the ultimate consumer guide, the India Wine Awards helps wine consumers navigate a labyrinth of seemingly impossible choices, to select the perfect wine for the occasion.”

• All wines were tasted blind by the panel of 19 judges, including Holland.
• Medals were awarded on the basis of a 100-point score.
• Torres Mas La Plana 2012, Spain, and Boscoselvo Brunello di Montalcino 2010, Italy tied for Best Super-Premium Wine – International.
30 Trophy Awards were presented for wines across style and price-points in the Best in Class category
• 10 Trophy Awards were presented in the wine and food category paired with nine signature Indian dishes.

Dominated by Indian wines, the segment had 120 wines, ending with a tie between Casablanca Frizzano SemiDry NV, India and Sula Zinfandel 2018, India for the Best Wine pairing with Daal Makhani.

Two stars were awarded to three restaurants for Excellence in Restaurant Wine Lists at hotels and premium stand-alone restaurants and 17 restaurants won the one-star award.

Wine Destination Awards were presented to eight restaurants for creating unique experiences for customers. Six restaurants across three cities were awarded for the Best Wine Training Programs.

Sonal Holland also unveiled the second edition of the India Wine Insider report in collaboration with Wine Intelligence, a global consumer research leader. The paper focuses on insights from urban Indian wine drinkers and measures their attitudes, behaviour and relationship with wine.

According to the report, the female wine drinker in India is almost at par with male drinkers in terms of frequency of consumption, propensity to spend, and attitude towards wine drinking. with 43% of wine consumers being women versus 57% for men. Wine is seen as relaxing, romantic and healthier.

The Indian millennials who are between 18 and 35 years of age were reported to be keen on new and different styles of wines. The image of class and sophistication, paired with the physical attributes of taste and its comparatively lower levels of alcohol were the key motivators.

After the awards ceremony, the night ended on a high note with all the winning wines opened for tasting along with a sumptuous dinner.

The main presenting partners were WSET, international provider of Wine & Spirit Education and Lucaris, the modern Asian crystal stemware brand. The associate partners for the awards were Avendus Wealth Management, Eurocave, India Circus, TMJ Fine Jewels and Autohangar. And last but definitely, not the least, the incredible Chefs at the Leela who laid out a gastronomical treat that blended artistry and subtleness appealing to every sense.

Best in Class Trophy Winners by Style

Grover Zampa VineyardsGrover Zampa Chêne Grand RéserveBEST RED WINE – INDIANIndia2015Red
Sula VineyardsSula Dindori Reserve ViognierBEST WHITE WINE – INDIANIndia2018White
FratelliFratelli MS RoséBEST ROSÉ WINE – INDIANIndia2017Rosé
Grover Zampa VineyardsGrover Zampa Soirée Brut RoséBEST SPARKLING WINE – INDIANIndia2015Sparkling
Le Volte dell’Le Volte dell’ OrnellaiaBEST RED WINE – OLD WORLDItaly2015Red
Framingham PinotFramingham Pinot NoirBEST RED WINE – NEW WORLDNew Zealand2017Red
Joseph DrouhinJoseph Drouhin ‘Drouhin-Vaudon’ Chablis Reserve de VaudonBEST WHITE WINE – OLD WORLDFrance2015White
Susana BalboSusana Balbo CRIOS TorrontésBEST WHITE WINE – NEW WORLDArgentina2017White
Chateau d’Esclans CôtesChateau d’Esclans Côtes de Provence Whispering Angel RoséBEST ROSÉ WINE – OLD WORLDFrance2017White
Taittinger Les FoliesTaittinger Les Folies de la MarquetterieBEST CHAMPAGNEFranceNVWhite


Best in Class Trophy Winners by Price

YorkYork All Rounder White 2017BEST INDIAN WINE – BUDGETGold Medal
Best in Class
India2017WhiteBudget Wines Indian
(Up to Rs.300)
ReveiloReveilo Nero D’Avola 2017BEST INDIAN WINE – MID RANGEDiamond Medal
Best in Class
India2017RedMid-range Wines Indian
(Rs.301 – Rs.700)
Best in Class
India2014RedPremium Wine Indian
(Rs.701 – Rs.1200)
KRSMA EstatesKRSMA Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2015BEST INDIAN WINE SUPER – PREMIUMGold Medal
Best in Class
India2015RedSuper Premium Wine Indian
(Rs.1201 upwards)
Camp ViejoCampo Viejo Tempranillo 2017, SpainBEST INTERNATIONAL WINE – BUDGETGold Medal
Best in Class
Spain2017RedBudget Wine International (Up to Rs 2000)
ZoninZonin Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore DOC, ItalyBEST INTERNATIONAL WINE – MID RANGEDiamond Medal
Best in Class
ItalyRedMid-range Wine International (Rs 2001 – Rs 4000)
Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Pauillac, FranceBEST INTERNATIONAL WINE – PREMIUMDiamond Medal
Best in Class
FranceRedPremium Wine International (Rs 4001 – Rs 7000)
TorresTorres Mas La Plana 2012, SpainBEST INTERNATIONAL WINE – SUPER PREMIUMDiamond Medal
Best in Class
Spain2012RedSuper Premium Wine International (Rs 7000 upwards)
SensiBoscoselvo Brunello di Montalcino 2010, ItalyBEST INTERNATIONAL WINE – SUPER PREMIUMDiamond Medal
Best in Class
Italy2010RedSuper Premium Wine International (Rs 7000 upwards)


Best Wines Paired with Indian Cuisine

  • Best Wine pairing with Mutton Rahra – Sula Sparkling Shiraz 2018, India
  • Best Wine pairing with Chicken Chettinaad – Sula Brut Rosé 2018, India
  • Best Wine pairing with Goan Prawn Curry – Besserat de Bellefont Champagne NV, France
  • Best Wine pairing with Malvani Fish Fry – Grover Zampa Soirée Brut 2015, India
  • Best Wine pairing with Litti Chokha – The Source Grenache Rosé 2018, India
  • Best Wine pairing with Paneer Khurchan – Casablanca Rosé Spumante NV, India
  • Best Wine pairing with Dal Makhani (tie) – Casablanca Frizzano Semi-Dry NV, India & Sula Zinfandel 2018, India
  • Best Wine pairing with Aloo Poshto – Yellow Tail Pink Moscato NV, Australia
  • Best Wine pairing with Gulab Jamun – De Bortoli Noble One 2013, Australia


Diamond winners

  1. Sula Dindori Viognier 2018, India
  2. Reveilo Nero d’Avola 2017, India
  3. Joseph Drouhin ‘Drouhin-Vaudon’ Chablis Reserve de Vaudon 2015, France
  4. Le Volte dell’Ornellaia 2015, Italy
  5. Grover Zampa Soirée Brut Rosé 2015, India
  6. Boscoselvo Brunello di Montalcino 2010, Italy
  7. Torres Mas La Plana 2012, Spain
  8. Taittinger Les Folies de la Marquetterie NV, France
  9. Zonin, Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore DOC, Italy
  10. SDU RESERVA 2014, India
  11. Framigham Pinot Noir 2015, New Zealand
  12. Chêne Grande Réserve 2015, India
  13. Susana Balbo CRIOS Torrentes 2017, Argentina
  14. Domaines Barons De Rothschild Réserve Spéciale Pauillac, France

For more information visit India Wine Awards 2018

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