While Swiss wines are little known in the world, it’s now an open secret that India produces wine. Indian cuisine is well-known in Switzerland and highly regarded. The only Michelin star ethnic restaurant in all of continental Europe is Rasoi by Vineet in Geneva (See Sommelier India May- June 2010). But Indian wines are catching up too.
In its latest initiative, the Indian Grape Processing Board is showcasing nine Indian wineries at the Geneva Festival (August 4 to 14, 2011) where India is the guest of honour this year. These are, in alphabetical order, Four Seasons, Fratelli, Grover, Mercury, Sula, Vintage Wines, Vallone, York and Zampa. Visitors to the IGPB stand at the Indian Village can not only taste the wines but ask questions from a trained Indian sommelier.
Grapes have been cultivated in Switzerland since Roman times. The country produces some excellent wines but in such small quantities that the Swiss drink most of it themselves and very little is exported. (For more, read “The Swiss Secret” in the next issue of Sommelier India.)