A Tradition where Passion
Our passion for wine and respect for traditions have made the dream of Premium Indian Wines come true. The history starts from the 1960s with Kanwal Grover, father of Indian viticulture, and is being enriched with every generation.
The award winning Zampa Soirée wine is created
The Zampa range is launched
Vallée de Vin is created
Ravi Jain and Deepak Roy, along with Neeraj Deorah, gave birth to Vallée de Vin in Nashik Valley
La Réserve is launched
The New Generation
Karishma Grover, When family members become experts
Karishma Grover, Kapil’s daughter, brings in fresh perspective of new generation. After studying at University of California (UC) Davis, world’s leading school of viticulture and oenology, she is now joining Grover Vineyards. She will take the winery forward in its expansion and course to produce high quality wines.
2nd generation, carriers of tradition, innovators
Kapil Grover, gradient of tradition
Today, Grover Vineyards is managed by Kapil Grover, son of Kanwal Grover. The vineyards have expanded from 100 acres to 400 acres under his able leadership. Through his respect for traditions, he carries forward the objective of producing premium quality wine in India. Like his father, who initiated viticulture in India, Kapil is an innovator. Utilising modern techniques he has significantly upgraded processes in the winery and subsequently, wine quality.
Michel Rolland brought the best French traditions to create finest Indian wines. Since 1995, Michel Rolland has been advising Grover Vineyards for grape growing, harvesting and winemaking techniques. With his expertise, Grover continues to produce soft, rich, opulent and distinctive wines.
Development Phase – Towards perfection
Michel Rolland, great French expertise
When Georges Vesselle retired, Kanwal Grover looked for a new expert. While travelling in Bordeaux in 1994, he went to Cos d’Estournel, the famous Grand Cru, and met Bruno Prat, who introduced him to Michel Rolland, world’s most influential enologist. It was not easy to convince Rolland, who was already busy working with Argentinean and Chilean wineries. He thought Kanwal Grover, at the age of 60, was crazy to take the challenge to make wine in India. But Kanwal Grover’s genuine nature and passion struck a chord and Rolland accepted to come to India and see the vineyard.
The dream becomes reality:
the first Grover Vineyard was setup.
Georges Vesselle, French pioneer in India
To realise his dream of creating premium vineyards in India, Grover met George Vesselle, the then Technical Director of Champagne Mumm Vineyard. During their first dinner, they realised that they were born on the same day of the same year – 1925. To celebrate this, Georges Vesselle opened a bottle of Bouzy Rouge 1925 from his private cellar.
The unique friendship made Vesselle accept the challenge of growing French grape varieties in India. They were the pioneers of winemaking in India, exploring the country to find the most appropriate region to grow French grape varieties.
1960s and the early 1970s: 1st generation, the creators
Kanwal Grover, father of Indian viticulture
Kanwal Grover, as a businessman, dealt in high technological equipment, space program, defence production and machine tools. His company imported products directly and only from France. With each visit to France, his taste for fine wines grew and he was hooked to the great French gastronomy.
His passion for great wines was born.
The passion kept growing while he worked abroad in the early 1960s. His initial aim was to attract more French engineers to India and making quality wines was a sure way to make them stay here.
On one of his trips to France in the early 1970s, he visited some wineries. The process and the beauty of winemaking convinced him to transform his passion into a life time dedication. His dream of Grover Vineyards was incepted in this passion.
The culmination of a merger between Grover Vineyards and Vallée de Vin, Grover Zampa exhibits the most impressive pedigree in the Indian wine industry and owns an array of widely recognized brands. Grover Zampa endeavours to let connoisseurs and wine enthusiasts embark on a journey of senses through not only offering them the world-class wines but also enhancing the wine’s blissful experience through wine tourism and wine education.
Based on the belief that a wine should bring out the most faithful expression of its grape varietal and terroir, Grover Zampa spend the summers carefully capturing the essence of grapes through internationally accepted techniques and practices reliably brought to India for making the finest range of wines.
Our dual locations, the Nandi Hills in Karnataka and the Nashik Valley in Maharashtra give us the opportunity to extract the best of India. The natural protection of the Nandi Hills and the terraced slopes of Nashik offer fresh climate, fertile soil and the perfect conditions for vine growing.
The best wines are made from the best vineyard. Our skilled team works scrupulously using sustainable practices coupled with selective hand harvesting. Daily attention is given to the vines to make sure that no chance is given to hazard. Our wines are appealing yet distinctive in style by applying up-to-date viticulture and winemaking techniques.
“Less is more” helps us to maintain a high level of quality. We keep the quality high by limiting yields to bring out the complex aromas and delicate flavors from the grapes.
The grapes are processed in temperature controlled cellars equipped with modern resources and our own bottling lines to ensure that the quality remains uncompromised throughout the wine making process.
In addition, the entire method of wine-making is finely orchestrated and monitored by the world famous wine consultant Michel Rolland to give a discrete style and balance to the wines.
Chairman of Grover Zampa, Kapil Grover’s considerable business and technical knowledge was largely responsible for making the company a world class Indian brand. He is a member of the Karnataka wine board and is well respected in Government circles. He was involved in setting up International marketing with exports being made to France, UK, and Japan. A chartered accountant by profession with an MBA from IMD, Lausanne, he is responsible for making Grover Zampa country‘s biggest wine exporter.
Alumnus of IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad, Ravi Jain is a name to reckon with the Indian wine and spirits industry. He is associated with building many of India’s topmost alcoholic beverage brands including McDowells (now India’s most valuable brand), Bagpiper (Largest largest selling brand), Royal Challenge, Director’s Special and Haywards. In his first stint at the UB group in 1974, Ravi was instrumental in the launch of Bagpiper whiskey, as well as other rum, gin and vodka brands. Bagpiper Whiskey was launched with an integrated marketing approach – a first in the industry. After a stint in the International Division, he partnered the UB group in a company involved in the distribution of Kingfisher Beer and Bagpiper.
Neeraj Deorah is a well known Indian wine and spirits expert. His expertise lies in sourcing of machineries and packaging materials for the food and beverage industries. At SNS Overseas Pvt Ltd, he has overseen the growth of the company into the largest supplier of packaging materials to the brewery and winery industry in India. At VDV, he was largely responsible for managing the operations of the business and improving the supply chain of the Company. He has also been instrumental in increasing the product portfolio and getting exclusive representation with suppliers, most of whom are world market leaders in their respective product categories. Neeraj holds an MBA degree from Babson College, MA, USA, where he graduated summa cum laude.