After what appeared to be insurmountable hurdles related to new passports and visas, Sommelier India finally made it to Singapore in time for the opening of Wine for Asia, The 3rd International Exhibition to the Asian Wine and Spirits Market, which opened on November 10, 2005. It was three days of wine tasting and meeting wine people from around the world who had come here to suss out the Asian market and network with one another.
There were over 400 international exhibitors. The opportunity to interact with wine producers and buyers, sommeliers, hoteliers and restaurant owners in an Aisan context was unparalleled. Asia is perceived as the next big thing in the world of wine, a nascent market waiting to be discovered. India’s Big Three were there. Sula Vineyards, Chateau Indage and Grover’s. Sula and Chateau Indage both had their own stalls, while Grover Vineyards was represented by chief winemaker, Abhay Kewadkar who was an interested visitor attending tastings and seminars.
Rajeev Samant and his staff at the Sula Vineyards stall at Wine for Asia 2005.
Rajeev Samant, Managing Director, Sula Vineyards was there to launch two new wines in the Singapore market — Dindori Reserve Shiraz, fragrant, elegant and smooth with lush berry flavours and silky tannins and the Late Harvest Chenin Blanc, which is a dessert wine, equally successful as an elegant aperitif as a the perfect finish to a fine meal. “Singapore is such a hub for Asia that if we get the word out here it has a knock-on affect,” he said.
Chateau Indage have already opened a sales and marketing office in Singapore. “We are here because we want to explore the Southeast Asian market,” said Clive Castelino, Manager – Training at Chateau Indage whose Ivy Brut was awarded a Wine Style Asia Bronze award at the exhibition.
Chateau Indage stall with certifcates of their award-winning wines in the foreground.
Subhash Arora and Sourish Bhattacharyya President of the Delhi Wine Club and Indian Wine Academy had sponsored an Indian delegation as had The Wine Society. Subhash and Magandeep Singh, sommelier and wine journalist was also scouting the market. also presented from India are wine importers, restaurateurs, and hotel chains such as the Taj and ITC Maurya Sheraton & Towers, Indian wine consultants.
Sourish Bhattacharyya, Director Indian Wine Academy and Sommelier India contributor, tasting wine with a friend.