Janus, the hundred per cent grape brandy launched by India’s top wine company, Sula Vineyards in 2015, has recently won the bronze tasting medal at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2016.
Made after a careful selection of grapes from the best vineyards, Janus is double-distilled in small batches using French alembic pot stills under the watchful eye of French master distiller, Yonael Bernard. Produced in true-blue Cognac style, the brandy is aged in French oak from Limousin for up to nine months.
Commenting on the launch, Rajeev Samant, CEO Sula Vineyards, said, “We are thrilled to receive this prestigious recognition. This acknowledgment further validates JANUS’s ground-breaking project to create India’s first 100% premium grape brandy. Winners are determined in parts by experts in the industry. We are pleased that they have recognised our efforts to lead the industry in terms of innovation and quality.”
With a name derived from ancient Roman mythology and the god, Janus, India’s first brandy makes an auspicious start.
Scholars regard Janus as the god of all beginnings and believe that his association with doorways is derivative. Janus is represented by a double-faced head, since he looks to the future and to the past. The beginning of the day, month, and year, both calendar and agricultural, were sacred to him. (Hence the name January for the first month of the year).
The worship of Janus dates back to Romulus and a period even before the actual founding of the city of Rome. There were many jani (ie, ceremonial gateways) in Rome, which were usually freestanding structures used for symbolically auspicious entrances or exits. Particular superstition was attached to the departure of a Roman army, for which there were lucky and unlucky ways to march through a janus.
Manufactured by Artisan Spirits, a 100% subsidiary of Sula vineyards, Janus brandy is currently available in 180 ml and 750 ml bottles, and is priced between Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,390 across Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Goa.