Alcohol content in most red wines is around 12 -14%. There is a belief that the high levels of antioxidants present in red wine makes its consumption in moderate amounts on a regular basis good for health. And when a healthy promoting beverage tastes so good; who are we to question that?
When taken in moderation, red wine is believed to be the healthiest tipple that one can indulge in, boosting longevity as well as heart health. Keeping the health benefits aside, the aromas and notes in this drink keep us coming for more. Spread across the Mediterranean by the Greeks and over the world by the Spanish and Romans, choosing the best red wine India can be a challenge, especially if you are a newbie.
So, here’s a selection of the 10 best Red Wines in India that are not only delightful to drink but also good for your skin & overall health.
1. Fratelli Sette (Red)
A full bodied red wine that will delight your palate, the Fratelli Sette is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
The best 1% grapes at the Fratelli vineyards go into making this one so you can be sure you’re buying something special in this bottle.
The Sette wines also carry refined notes of wood with vanilla, silky tannins and have a wonderful finish.
The wine can be enjoyed at an affordable price.
Price: INR 1800
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2. Chene By Grover Zampa
This award winning red wine from the Grover Zampa label is aged for at least 15 months in French Oak barrels that give it a certain distinct flavour.The top notes of blackberry, currant, and ripe plums are followed with hints of spices, vanilla and roasted coffee beans.This wine is a signature blend of Tempranillo and Shiraz grapes and is one of the bestselling reds from Grover Zampa.
Chene Red Wine Price- INR 1800-1900
3. Sula Dindori Reserve Shiraz
The Sula Vineyards label is one of the oldest on the Indian domestic wine scenes and it has some lovely wines. Among the reds, the Sula Dindori Reserve Shiraz is a little gem.
It pairs very well with Indian foods and flavours and is perfect for a Sunday biryani or a nice brunch.
The grapes for this wine are grown on the Sula Dindori estate and the wine is infused with the flavours of vanilla and berries, finished in oak barrels for a strong intense flavour.
The Sula Dindori Reserve Shiraz is easy on the pocket and magic on the palate. Dindori Reserve Shiraz has been successful at the Sommelier India Wine Competition 2009. With the taste of lush berry, it is truly a full bodied wine which goes great with cheese and lamb.
4. Big Banyan Merlot
Serve this Merlot totally chilled and enjoy the scent of dark cherries, plums and berries with cocoa and black pepper. The wine is medium bodied, slightly dry, thanks to the soft tannins.
Pair it with grilled meats, grilled veggies, pastas and many of the lighter Indian dishes that aren’t too heavy on the spices.
The wine is perfect for a lazy lunch with light bites and plenty of friends. At Rs 725 a bottle it’s pretty easy on the pocket too.
Price- INR 725
5. Seagram’s Nine Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
A very affordable red wine, the Seagram’s Nine Hills red has top notes of vanilla with fruity notes from cherries and strawberries, adding to the overall experience.
It pairs quite well with Indian foods and you can serve it chilled along with desi flavoured fried snacks as pass around at your next party.
Price- INR 850
6. Four Seasons Barrique Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
A very popular red wine, the Four Seasons Barrique Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon brings rich fruity berries and soft tannins together with vanilla, spices and black currants.
Chill to between 18-20C and enjoy this beautiful red with an aged cheese and a platter of ham, or roasted vegetables.
Like most robust red wines, this one also pairs well with Indian foods and will be a perfect at a desi dinner party.
Best Price- INR 1,000
7. Chateau d’Ori Cabernet Merlot
A ruby red, rich, dark wine, the Chateau d’Ori Cabernet Merlot is slightly dry red wine with medium acidity and concentrated fruity flavours of cherry, blackberry, fig, black currant with notes of vanilla, cedar, and leather.
This one has a strong personality and works really well with robust Indian flavoured dishes like rich curries and smokey barbecues.
This Bordeaux style wine combines the strong tannins of the Cabernet grapes with the softer tannins of the Merlot to produce a deep aromatic wine.
Price: INR 600-700
8. Reveilo Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
A boisterous fruity red, the Reveilo Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve with hints of warm spices like pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon seems that it has been made specifically for the Indian palate.
This dark fruity wine with its medley of spices suits the Indian taste buds and it’s no surprise that this one is a popular choice among the Indian red wine lovers.
Made with Sauvignon grapes, this one goes well with lamb and other red meats and with medium spicy Indian fare and tandoori dishes too.
Price- INR 1300
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9. SDU Deva Cabernet Sauvignon
From the Nandi Valley region near Bangalore, Karnataka, SDU Winery has some brilliant wines and amongst them is a particularly attractive Cabernet Sauvignon for red wine aficionados.
Take a bottle of this baby to a party and you’re sure to be invited again and again. The wine has strong notes of toffee, tobacco and dark fruits as well as soft tannins for a smooth finish.
The stunning ruby colour makes for a beautiful glass of wine that could be a fashion accessory too!
Fork out just an affordable amount for this bottle.
Price- INR 700
10. Kinvah Manthan
The Kinvah Manthan is a blend of premium grape varieties with a rich taste and delicate, elegant aroma.
The deep ruby wine is sweet and fruity and is best served chilled at 16-18C. Let the wine breathe for a while before serving to get the best flavour of this beautiful wine.
A bottle of Kinvah Manthan red wine will cost you a small amount only.
Price- INR 645-700
Take Your Pick
And this wraps up our well-curated picks for the best red wines in India, straddling palate preferences and red wine prices. So have a great drinking time and pair the best wine with your favorite dishes for an exceptionally wonderful time with your friends and family.