Second edition of ‘The Great Grover WineFestival’

Second edition of ‘The Great Grover Wine Festival’ had it all – Wine, food, live performances, flea market& grape stomping

Grover Zampa Vineyard is perceived to be the pioneer and the most prestigious wine producers for India. The fact that they have won 48 grand awards in the last two years is the manifestation of their true craftsmanship and resolute fortitude.

Taking forward what started last year, The Great Grover Wine Festival, South India’s first wine and performing arts festival was held in Bhartiya City, Bengaluru. The festival was an eclectic mix of award winning wines, flea market experience, art & sculpture gallery topped with stand up acts, live karaoke and live performances by Bangalore’s finest artists, including -  Lagori, Aabha Hanjura – Sufistication, Karthick Iyer, Ananth Menon & trio and DJ Ivan.

Speaking on my experience, it was a delightful day to say the least – right from attending the wine tasting session by Karishma Grover to clicking selfies with friends all around the venue to relishing the wonderful food spread to hopping stalls at flea market to electrifying performances. 

And not to forget the fun we had while participating in crushing of wine grapes and experiencing the age old tradition of grape stomping which is an imperative part of the wine making process.

The best part of this wine festival is that all the guests (including me) gets an exclusive chance to try out an array of award winning wines from the house of Grover Zampa Vineyards. To name a few which I relished on – ‘Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection White’, ‘La Reserve’, ‘Chene Grand Reserve’Soiree Brut, Soiree Brut Rose and Rose (Grover Art Collection).

And here are all the details you would like to know about the above mentioned names:


Grape Varieties: Blend of Tempranillo and Shiraz.

Colour: Deep and intense ruby colour.

Aromas: The nose opens up with elegant dark fruit aromas of blackberry, currant and ripe plums, complemented by charming hints of spics and nice oak bouquets such as vanilla, chocolate and roasted coffee beans.

Palate: Dark fruit flavours with nuances of vanilla and cinnamon on the palate, with a great structure, well-balanced tannins, acidity and an elegant finish.
Ageing: Matured in French oak barrels for minimum 15 months and 15 months in bottle.

Food Pairings: Pairs well with a wide variety of dishes right from roasts, stews and grilled meats to rice dishes, grilled vegetables and pasta.


Grape Variety: Viognier.

Colour: Straw-yellow.

Aromas: Quintessence of peach, honey and dry apricot aromas with floral notes and hints of vanilla from the French oak integration.

Palate: Rich and powerful with long persistence, finishing on fruity note.

Ageing: Barrel fermented and aged on lees.

Food Pairings: Pairs well with seafood, river fish, as well as poultry and other white meats, coastal Indian cuisine, goat and blue cheese, tarts and fruit desserts.

Serving Temperature: Serve chilled at 8-10oC.


Grape Variety: Chenin Blanc.

Colour: Pale straw.

Aromas: Reveals a nose of floral, fresh lemon with hints of toasted bread and white fruit such as pear.

Palate: Light and creamy, clan, fresh lemon, crisp acid, fine beads and persistent mousse with dry finish in classic brut style.

Food Parings: Brilliant served as an aperitif. Great pairing with mildly spiced Indian, Japanese, Chinese or Thai cuisine.

Serving Temperature: Serve at 6oC.


Grape Variety: Shiraz.

Colour:  Pale Pink.

Aromas: Bright red cherry fruits with a hint of strawberry and subtle yeast character to give the aroma complexity and appeal.

Palate: The wine is light and creamy with fine beads and persistent mousse and red cherry and strawberry fruits that define the fruit character.

Food Pairings: Perfect during a meal with white meat or a dessert with a red fruit gratin. A great aperitif.

Serving Temperature: Serve at 6oC.

Grape Varieties: Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

Colour: Very deep garnet purple.

Aromas: Powerful bouquet of luscious ripe red and black fruits with an exquisite hint of spice.

Palate: This full bodied wine combines grace and splendour on the palate, the tannins are smooth and flavours intense with chocolate, coffee beans and vanilla.

Ageing: Minimum 6 months in French oak barrels.

Food Pairings: Pairs well with roasted lamb, tenderloin, pasta dishes, game, pate, soft full flavour cheeses and also complements Indian specialities such as lamb kebabs and mutton biriyani.

Serving Temperature: Serve at 16oC to 18oC.


Grape Variety: Shiraz.

Colour: Light cherry with shades of pink rose.

Aromas: Intense bouquet of berries and sherry.

Palate: Fruity, light bodied and smooth.

Food pairings: Mildly spiced preparations of fish and poultry. It pairs well with light stir fries and gentle aromatic cuisine.

Serving temperature: Serve chilled at 8oC to 10oC.


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