Uma Chigurupati pictured in the KRSMA Vineyards with the winery in the distance

KRSMA Estates
The first Indian winery to feature in the World’s Top 50

The World’s Best Vineyards awards are based on nominations from a Voting Academy made up of more than 500 wine experts across the globe. To ensure the Academy is representative, the world is divided into 18 geographical regions, with 36 experts in each. This year for the very first time an Indian winery – KRSMA Estates – made the cut.

Founded in 2008 by husband and wife, Krishna Prasad and Uma Chigurupati, KRSMA Estates is situated off the beaten track in the Hampi Hills, close to one of the world’s most spectacular UNESCO Heritage Sites. They have been producing award-winning wines ever since from 16ha of virgin, iron-rich schist soils: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sangiovese reds, and Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay white varietals. KRSMA was 46th on the list and is a worthy winner among the famous names in the world’s best-loved wine regions.

The wineries that make it to the top 50 are judged on the overall experience of a vineyard visit. “The experience takes in all sorts of things – the tour, the tasting, the ambiance, the architecture, the wine, the food, the staff, the view… The list goes on,” said awards founder, Andrew Reed.

In a bid to recognise the diversity across established and emerging wine tourism destinations, the 2020 list features 18 countries on five continents, including first-time winners in the top 50, Japan, Bulgaria and India. Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco and Bodega Garzón in Uruguay bagged 1st and 2nd place, for a consecutive year, while Austria’s Domäne Wachau jumped 16 places to take the 3rd spot. Considering the difficulties wine tourism has faced this year. Andrew Reed hopes the list will encourage people to visit wineries.

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