Tête-à-Tête with Vallonne Winemaker Sanket Gawand by All About Daru’s Nupur Joshi

We would like to know your first memory associated with Wine?

He says that he never tasted wine or alcohol before coming to Nasik. First wine that he ever tasted was Chenin Blanc from Sula when he came to do a 2 years course in wine technology at Nasik. So his first sip happened in his course in Nasik!!

He loved the Chenin Blanc with the very first sip that he had taken as it was a fruity & an easy drinking wine, and it certainly got him more fascinated about wine!!

So he followed the rule that is the more you taste the more you learn about wines & enjoy them!!

Your all time favorite grape variety & wine region. Bordeaux in France, he loves the red wines from there.

Tell us a bit about your unique style of winemaking?

Our most unique style is in the Dessert wine which is Vin De Passerillage called as Liquid Gold. We don`t do a the late harvest style. We collect the grapes & keep them hanging on wires or on the straw & eventually the grapes turn to raisins so there is loss of water & concentration of sugar as well as aroma. Then whole bunch pressing is done which gives you approximately one drop of juice from each berry. So quantity made is low.
We make limited quantity wines but quality wines.

Your wine making mentor is?

Marie Barbé from Bordeaux who was the winemaker in Vallone & now is a consultant with them.

How do you see the impact of alcohol awareness website such as All about Daru on social stigmas & misconceptions related to alcohol in India?

The website is informative & Darupeedia is a great feature & will help people a lot!!

Sanket Gawand

Winemaker | Vallone Wines in Nasik

He is one of the youngest winemakers in India. Having completed his study in winemaking in Nasik, at Vallonne he has worked with French winemaker Marie Barbe whom he credits for a lot of his learning. His first introduction to wine opened up an entirely new opportunity in winemaking for him & that’s when he decided to get into the profession. “I honestly want this beverage to find its place in all Indian households so that everybody can experience its culture,” says the passionate young winemaker.




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