Fratelli Wines launched the first vintage of their wines in Pune over a Wine and Dine evening at Le Méridien hotel on November 18, 2010 reports Brinda Gill. Fratelli, meaning `brothers’ in Italian, is an Indo-Italian venture between the brothers of three families: the Secci brothers, Alessio and Andrea from Italy, the Sekhri brothers, Kapil and Gaurav from New Delhi, and the Mohite-Patil brothers, Ranjit and Arjun from Solapur where the vineyards and winery are located.
While 12 varietals are presently under cultivation at the vineyards, the winery has launched three wine varieties, two white and one red, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon in its first year. Speaking on the occasion, Alessio Secci said, “The first step was to produce quality wines of international standards. And now that we have achieved our first goal, it is time to tell people about these wines so they can be enjoyed”. Pictured Alessio Secci
Secci is clearly pleased with the results. “The Chenin Blanc is of a typical international style. It is dry and not too sweet, making for a balanced wine. The Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of grapefruit, which is typical of international Sauvignon Blanc wines. For this wine variety, the aroma is very important, more than the taste, and we have achieved that. Both these white wines are dry which makes them pair well with Indian food.
“The Cabernet Sauvignon has very fruity aromas of raspberry and strawberry, with soft, round tannins and a lingering finish. I have taken these three wines for blind tastings in Italy and no one guessed these wines were from India!” The menu at the launch featured Indian and Continental preparations to show that Fratelli Wines pair well with both cuisines.
Fratelli Wines are presently available only in Mumbai and Pune.
Fratelli Chenin Blanc costs Rs 495 for 750 ml and Rs 260 for 375 ml.
Fratelli Sauvignon Blanc costs Rs 595 and Rs 315.
Fratelli Cabernet Sauvignon costs Rs 650 and Rs 335.