SI bids Kapil Sekhri a sad good-bye

Kapil Sekhri                   29.12.1974 – 10.10.2020

Dedicated to taking Fratelli wines across the country and abroad, Kapil was focused on giving his best to the company, deep-diving into initiatives, ensuring the production of high-quality wines and marketing them here and abroad. He was an ambassador for the Indian wine industry and a visionary who wanted to place Indian wines on the tables of wine lovers around the world.

 The beginnings of Fratelli Vineyards go back to 2006 when it was founded as a pioneering Indian-Italian collaboration between the brothers of three families, that is, the Secci brothers –Alessio and Andrea from Italy, the Sekhri brothers –Kapil and Gaurav from New Delhi, and the Mohite-Patil brothers-Ranjitsinh and Arjunsinh from Akluj along with Tuscan winemaker Piero Masi, as chief winemaker. 

The word fratelli (brother, in Italian) is testimony to the bond and shared vision of the young men and winemakers at Fratelli to produce high-end Indian wines. Interestingly, the winery was set up in Akluj in southern Maharashtra as vast tracts of land suitable for growing vines for the high volume of wine production planned was available there, instead of Nashik in north-western Maharashtra, which is regarded as the wine capital of India. And Kapil, with his entrepreneurial streak, global outlook and experience, understood the difference of a wine business from Akluj, Delhi and Italy and worked at creating a successful collaboration.

Fratelli entered the market in 2010 with three varieties, namely, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, and steadily added to its portfolio. Over the years, apart from these and other popular varietals such as Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Merlot, and Syrah, the vineyard also saw the cultivation of cool climate varieties, namely, Müller-Thurgau, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Marselan.

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In the past ten years, the winery produced several wines of different grape varieties, different styles, and across price points to appeal to a cross-section of wine lovers and wine newbies, with Kapil being the driving force behind their success. He would meet wine consumers at wine events and wine dinners and enthusiastically share his thoughts on the making of production of Fratelli wines. 

Kapil took Fratelli to the international wine world. He forged a successful collaboration between the Boisset Collection and Fratelli to produce and launch the J’NOON range of wines including the sparkling wine JCB No. 47 (the number honours India’s year of independence)  for the global market as he wished to create Indian wines that would surprise and appeal to the most discerning connoisseur. 

Convinced that first-hand experience of a vineyard and winery offers a deeper understanding and appreciation of wine, he was passionate about designing a stylish guesthouse alongside the vineyards in Akluj. He encouraged people to visit and savour the ambience of the vineyards and learn about wines. His latest venture was the release of the wine-in-a-can, TiLT, to reach out to younger drinkers and de-mystify wine.

Kapil left too soon and will be remembered for sparing no effort to develop  Fratelli wines, and ensure the winery achieved success. The Fratelli family he left behind – his brother Gaurav, Alessio, Andrea, Ranjitsinh, Arjunsinh and Piero who are equally driven by their passion for wine – say they will make sure his dreams continue to come true.  

Farewell, dear Kapil, we never thought we would lose you so soon.