Early Beginnings of Mountain View
In 1996, with the help of wine consultant from California we imported ten different wine grape
varieties of vitis vinifera family from a certified nursery in California, U.S.A. After
carefully evaluating their performance, we selected five varieties for commercial plantation on
twenty five acres of Phadatre Estate Vineyards in Nasik Valley.
Wine Grape Varieties
This was the first successful attempt ever in the entire Nashik Valley. Since then these varieties
have spread to other grape growing areas of Maharashtra and other neighboring states.
We proudly take the credit of introducing these wine grape varieties in Nashik Valley
which has now become the wine capital of India.
Development Approach - Working with the Local Farmers
We, at Mountain View, have always believed in sharing our knowledge and experience with other grape growers. We are
committed to the cause of upliftment of the poor farmers from villages. From time to time, several seminars
and group discussions have been arranged for the benefit of the farmers. This has resulted into several thousand acres of
new plantations of wine grape varieties not only in Maharashtra but also in the neighboring states. We receive enormous
satisfaction in knowing that we have been instrumental in initiating a movement for the development of a new wine industry,
an agro based food processing industry, which has the potential of revolutionizing the entire rural agricultural economy of
western Maharashtra and Marathwada. This very feeling has been the source of iinspiration for us to work even harder for the
overall development of this industry.
To be able to survive and persist in our endeavor to experiment and then successfully set up not only vineyards but also a
boutique winery for producing premium quality wines of international standard from our estate grown grapes, we needed to put
in more than just hard work. It required careful planning and research, at times risk taking without being reckless, daring
to be different and unlike most other industries, to be driven by passion rather than sheer profit motive. Now, as we are
getting out of the woods and finally getting on the path of success, it could breed arrogance in us; instead it has created
price, balanced with humility and confidence, countered with reality.
Wine / Winery / Vineyard News
All were featured at the sixth annual New Jersey Wine and Food Festival held at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg March 28 through 30.
Rosé All were featured at the sixth annual New Jersey Wine and Food Festival held at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg March 28 through 30.
Sauvignon Blanc The Unionville Vineyards Chardonnay, and Unionville’s classically trained winemaker, Cameron Stark, were honored to be invited as the first New Jersey Wine and Winemaker selected for the prestigious “Top Chefs and Top Wines Dinner.” The dinner was held at the resort’s Wine Spectator Award of Excellence- winning venue, “Restaurant Latour”. This special event paired five top wines and winemakers with five of the Nation’s Top Chefs.
Six Organic Wines To Try Now Talking about organic wine is surprisingly complicated. When I set out to write this column I planned on rounding up some organic producers, tasting some wines and calling out the tastiest selections. Easy peasy, unless you start asking questions. First, organic wine and wine made with organic grapes are two entirely different things. Then there are some who purport that organic farming requires too much tilling and sustainable farming is the better direction. And, then we have the biodynamic producers who preach the benefits of manure teas and can be found burying cow horns in the soil during a descending moon phase.
Cabernet Shiraz The conversation about which practice is better (organic, sustainable or biodynamic) is hot right now. At a recent wine tasting a winemaker, and disciple of sustainable farming, vented to me that organic farming was crap because, among other things, it requires heavy soil tillage. Or, consider Burgundian (and biodynamic) winemaker Emmanuel Giboulot who was recently fined several hundred euros for not spraying his vines to kill a flying pest. The French authorities believed his decision might possibly endanger nearby vineyards from the traveling pest. What’s most interesting is that we are having the conversation at all. Given the volume of opinion on the matter, I’ve broken this story into a three-part series to give proper space to each approach. In honor of Earth Day, and because it’s the term we are all most familiar with, it seems fitting to start with organic wine.
Rosé Wines made from certified organically grown grapes are farmed without synthetic additives and pesticides. But, these winemakers add sulphur at the bottling stage to control for spoilage. Without the addition of sulphur, the wines really have no shelf life. In contrast, “organic wines” are made from organically grown grapes and have no added sulfites, but, take note, some may be present naturally. Organic farming does require more soil tillage to manage weeds, (this is a problem if vines are growing on a hillside, as it leads to topsoil erosion), and generally prohibits synthetic pesticides but, it does allow for the use of natural pesticides.
(Cazenovia, NY – April 2014) The 14th annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition is the world’s largest wine competition to support a charity and is open to all commercial wineries from all wine-producing countries. Over 3,750 wines were entered from more than 900 wineries, 20 countries, 6 Canadian Provinces, and all 50 United States.
Shipping Wine To India Cazenovia’s local beverage producers Owera Vineyards and Harvest Moon Cidery each earned recognition at this prestigious event. The competition was judged by a diverse and highly skilled group of 63 national and international judges. All proceeds from the competition benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and families all over the world, whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life-threatening challenges.
Cabernet Shiraz Owera Vineyards won two silver medals for their 2011 Cabernet Franc, and 2012 Frontenac Gris, made from their own estate grapes. Owera also walked away with two bronze medals for their 2012 Chardonnay and 2012 Dry Riesling.
Spice Cabinet Vineyard overlooks the Columbia River in the southern Horse Heaven Hills in Washington. It was planted by the Mercer family, which owns Mercer Estates in Prosser.
Grover Vineyards India Wine lovers are just beginning to see white wines show up from 2013, and we're still enjoying those from the superb 2012 vintage.
Shipping Wine To India We got a good dose of both at the second annual Great Northwest Wine Competition, held in early April at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore.