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Red Wine India Dave House and son in law Jim Cargill check the progress of their wine grape crop at the House Family Vinyards in Saratoga.
Wine To India When David House first envisioned grapevines surrounding his mountaintop retreat in Saratoga, it was a landscaping plan. But the Silicon Valley executive doesn't do anything halfway; the steep property was soon crawling with a team of experts finding the best soils, microclimate and rootstock.
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Wines In India The Anderson Valley gets a lot of attention these days. And why not? Pinot noir has been the darling of the wine world in recent years, and Anderson Valley is the source of some stellar pinot (not to mention the white Alsatian varieties, such as Gewürztraminer and riesling).
Red Wine India But Mendocino County encompasses so much more than the Anderson Valley. The bulk of the county's more than 17,000 acres of wine grapes are inland, mostly in the area that straddles Highway 101 from the Sonoma County line to south of Willits. The leading grape varieties grown inland are cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, but some of the most intriguing wines are made from less-widespread varieties, especially zinfandel and Italian grapes such as barbera and nero d'avola.
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Anton Balog, a young brilliant winemaker and their family owned Mundrakoona Estate Vineyard is one of the over 2,000 small size wineries trying to survive in the now ultra competitive Australian wine industry. Besieged by several issues, from strong Australian currency, oligopolistic trade practices of both MNCs and huge privately owned wineries, supply glut, drought, and limited access to retail shelf spaces, Mundrakoona like the huge majority of the wineries has to constantly find means to keep afloat.
India Wines Huge disparity According to Wine Industry Directory, there are now 2,477 wineries who produce and sell wines in the country. 72.9 percent of these wineries crush less than 100 tonnes. In contrast, the top five wineries in Australia, in order of size: Accolade Wines (formerly Constellation Wines Australia, now under Champ Equity), Treasury Wine Estate (renamed from Foster Wine Group), Casella Wines ([yellow tail] brand), Pernod Ricard Pacific (Jacob’s Creek) and Australian Vintage (Mcguigan Wines), each does 147,000 tonnes and above. This is even a conservative 147,000 percent more than almost three quarters of existing wineries! Also, 36.4 percent of wineries according to the same source, crush less than 20 tonnes. Just imagine this, in my last trip to Casella Wines, I found out that their bottling line in Yenda does 36,000 bottles of wine an hour – that is amazingly already more than a good majority of a small winery’s annual production.
Wines In India Family Affair Mundrakoona Estate Vineyard is a small family winery located in the Southern Highlands Region in New South Wales. There are less than 20 wineries in the area. Southern Highlands is not your typical warm Aussie wine region, as it has cold winters and cool autumns, but the wines are starting to get recognition especially for their whites Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The Balog family was originally from Croatia (the country best known for its favorite wine son Milijenko `Mike’ Grgich, of Grgrich Hills in California, and the unsung hero of Chateau Montelena’s winning Chardonnay in the 1976 Judgment of Paris). The hands-on family business involves patriarch Josef, matriarch Barbara, winemaker son Anton, and vigneron son Mark. Anton, an Oenology graduate from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga NSW, believes in the Southern Highlands terroir, applying traditional European `minimalist’ methods with modern winemaking technology. Anton also honed his winemaking talents when he worked for Southern Highlands pioneer, Joadia Winery and went abroad to work right after his graduation before returning to take charge of their winery.
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RURAL MOWER COUNTY, MN--Harvest time is just around the corner for many, but for those who grow something a little sweeter and juicier, the crush is on.
Wine In India Here's the full story, straight from the vine: "The St. Croix after the first year, were just little bushes".
India Wines Growing in the summer sun, you feel transported to Napa Valley. But these juicy grapes hang from vines at Four Daughters Winery, just outside Spring Valley.
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India Wine /PRNewswire/ -- Chateau Montelena, the historic Napa Valley winery, today announced the completion of a series of upgrades to the winery's property and cellar. Since the 1972 purchase of the old-world Chateau the Barrett family has been committed to improving and perfecting every aspect of the estate. In the last decade, Chateau Montelena has excavated new hillside tunnels to barrel age wine, remodeled and updated the Chateau's enchanting private residence, installed a new estate-wide solar power system, developed an estate vineyard replanting program, gained historical recognition, rebuilt the famous Chinese pavilions on Jade Lake and completed a cellar retrofit and seismic upgrade. These enhancements, spearheaded by the Barrett family, represent their long-term commitment as stewards of the iconic estate.
Wine In India The cellar improvement project, which began over a year ago, was completed on August 24. The winery, now in its 40th vintage under Jim Barrett's leadership, continues its dedication to producing world-class wines, to which this project attests. A seismic upgrade of the stone Chateau was coupled with installation of an ultra-modern high efficiency chiller package, sophisticated must delivery system, advanced lighting and tank controls. Of note is the inclusion of numerous small fermentation tanks for emphasis on precision winemaking, complementing the winery's precision viticultural practices. The cellar will be open to the public on select Chateau Montelena tours, and will accommodate special winery events. Also planned is a new display of historical artifacts, including a bottle of the famed 1973 Chardonnay, which won first place in the 1976 "Judgment of Paris" wine competition.
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