# Thursday, 08 September 2011

Waitrose has recently started selling two new wines from India. The upmarket wines are made from traditional French grapes varieties viognier and syrah which are gown in the Maharashtra region of India. They are said to be the perfect complement to spicy food. Although it is not known for its wine India has been cultivating grapes for around 6,000 years with grape production believed to have been introduced by Persian traders in around 4,000 BC. Although growing conditions in the area are good Indian wine has always been thought inferior to traditional producers and has failed to thrive. Perhaps we might start seeing more Indian wine on the supermarket shelves if this range proves to be popular. I will certainly be popping into Waitrose for a bottle. If you want some the Ritu Viognier costs £6.99 and the Zampa Syrah £8.49.