India, March 2017: The recently held AMBROSIA Awards 2017 at the Leela Ambience Gurgaon, saw the Four Seasons Vintner’s Reserve Select Barrels Cabernet Shiraz 2011 and the Four Seasons Barrique Reserve Shiraz 2011, bag the Excellence in Tasting Award in the Super Premium Red and Premium Red wine categories, respectively.
With a jury of 7 international judges from all over the world such as Julia Nourney, Bernard Schafer, Eddie Nara, Uwe Christiansens, Giorgio Colli, Arthur Nagele and Steve Beal, the award was one of the most coveted in the world of wines and spirits. This is the 11th year for the premium alcobev trade event which saw bloggers, key opinion leaders, food and wine critics from across the country come together to celebrate the various vintage of wines from India.
Speaking on the occasion, ‘Abhay Kewadkar, the Director and Chief Wine Maker of Four Seasons Wines has expressed immense pride and pleasure in seeing how far this very young industry has come “this is a true sign of the coming of age for the wine industry in India. It is not just our wines receiving awards, but the fact that the whites, sparkling and reds being produced in India today got such a resounding applause from the jury, is a matter of personal pride to me. Today, India is producing some of unique wines in the country, as our terroir lends a unique taste and smell to the wines being produced here that can be paired with different types of cuisine and will appeal to all taste buds.”
INDSPIRIT 2017 is a trade event aimed towards bringing the doyens of the spirits, beer and wine to network with the trade, international companies, top duty free executives; discuss issues of this emerging market and share knowledge with the trade. The event also offers the best platform to national and international spirits, beer and wine producers, as well as the allied industry to showcase their products during the day-long event.
About Four Seasons:
Incorporated in 2006, Four Seasons Wines Limited (FSWL), is a part of United Spirits Limited (USL), which is a Diageo Group Company. Four Seasons has won 48 international awards in the wine circuit since inception, testament to its commitment to winemaking of the highest quality. The classic Four Seasons range has established itself in the Indian market with zesty and tantalizing textures. Launched in early 2008, the Zinzibrand of wines is available under two variants – Red (a blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon) and White (a blend of Chenin Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc). This brand has shown immense appeal for young wine drinkers with its fresh, fruity notes. The premium Barrique Reserve Collection has a velvety texture and subtle complexity that has delighted wine connoisseurs. The export initiative, Ritu, is the quintessential Indian wine of the highest quality, being exported to markets in Europe and Asia, where it has gained much recognition for retaining its Indian identity even as it caters to international tastes.
The company’s award-winning wines are produced at its advanced winery (with planned capacity of one million cases) near Baramati, around 65 km from Pune in Maharashtra. Modeled on a French château, the winery is surrounded by 50 acres of vineyards. The winery houses plush suites, a large party deck overlooking the vineyards, a restaurant, swimming pool, and a wine tasting room, in a bid to promote the burgeoning wine tourism industry in India.
Four Seasons also plays a key role in the socio-economic development of the local community, having entered into a long-term contractual agreement with local farmers.