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
Winemaker Jan Waltz uses a wine thief to check on a red wine. Behind him, wines age in toasted French oak barrels. (Photos by the correspondent) Winemaker Jan Waltz will tell you that quality wines start with quality grapes grown on mature vines in rich, sandy soil. Then the grapes can be harvested, crushed, fermented and aged in toasted French oak barrels.
Chenin Blanc “And there always is a bit of luck involved too,” he smiles, “as with nature’s hand, some years the wines can be even better than others.” The words quality and care are part of any conversation with the 50-year old Waltz who, with wife Kim, has built the Line Road, Manheim winery from a very modest start into one of the premier wine producers in the East all in the past two decades.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) Who knew that you could grow viniferous grapes favored in Europe on land that had supported tobacco and diversified farming for generations? Jan Waltz didn’t until a set of fortuitous circumstances confirmed what he had hoped. The Waltz farm, with its well-drained, sandy soil, and overall mild weather, was the perfect place to produce the highest quality red and white wines.
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Oregon’s Willamette Valley is best known for Pinot noir wines, but vineyards see increased opportunity in branching out.
Sauvignon Blanc Courtesy of Domaine Serene In a photo taken earlier this winter, an excavator clears space for a new, 8,000-square-foot winery at Domaine Serene vineyard in Dayton, Ore. The new winery will focus on white wine production.
Chenin Blanc At least two Willamette Valley vineyards are building new wineries to produce white and sparkling wines, perhaps indicating an expanding market in a region best known for red Pinot noir.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)
Rosé | Sauvignon Blanc | Chenin Blanc
Cabernet Shiraz | Rosé | Sauvignon Blanc
Let me start with full disclosure: I'm deeply interested in the evolution of wine from the Low Countries of Belgium and the Netherlands.
Shipping Wine To India Cathy Huyghe The Cuvée XII from Apostelhoeve is one of the wines to watch within the emerging professionalism in the Netherlands.
Cabernet Shiraz Though I may personally be rooting for the growth and development of Dutch wine, I'm glad to report that this book appeals to the professional in me. It contains no rah-rah cheerleading for pipe dreams. The writing is, instead, level-headed, responsibly researched, and realistic. (Is all Dutch wine completely fantastic? No one's saying it is. There are some exceptional examples, yes. The rest are getting better every year, and well worth keeping an eye on.) The book is fresh and lively, flush with multi-media links that animate the landscape and navigate this largely unknown terroir.