Wine fete attracts 18,000 visitors

For wine connoisseurs, the festival was a treat with over 100 varieties of Indian and foreign made wines on display, apart from seminars on wine making techniques, wine tasting and the world of wines. According to B N Nanjundaiah, member of the State wine board, the theme of the festival, this time around was to promote the way wine should be tasted.

“It is a family drink with many advantages for health,” he said. The festival had imported wine brands from Chile, Argentina, Italy, France, South Africa on show. As per statistics from the State wine board, wine consumption that was 13.3 lakh litres in 2006-07 rose to 19 lakh litres in 2009-10.

“The second edition of the wine festival, next year will have more direct foreign participation. This time we had only delegates from two foreign countries, Australia and South Africa participating. Since wine is an accessible commodity, the law currently allows agents of foreign brands to market and sell their produce in India, manufacturers are not allowed directly” said another member of the wine board.

Area increased

It may be recalled here, that the State government had brought down licence fee for setting up bottling units across the State, in a bid to encourage the industry in a big way. This apart, the area meant for grape cultivation has also been increased from the current 600 acres to 1,800 acres.

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