India’s ancient soils and Europe’s modern winemakers

31 July 2018

India’s ancient soils and Europe’s modern winemakers

Despite the long tradition of winemaking in India, which dates back to the 4th Century BC, modern wines have only been produced there in the last couple of decades.  The release of a new joint venture between Fratelli Vineyards and two international producers marks a big step forward for Indian wine.  This venture is imported by Liberty Wines, which is making its first move into Indian wine.


Steven Spurrier of Bride Valley English Sparkling wines and Piero Masi (formerly of Isole e Olena) are collaborating with Fratelli owners Kapil and Gaurav Sekhri to launch M/S wines.  From high altitude vineyards in Maharashta, their Akluj Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc, Akluj Sangiovese Rosé and Akluj Sangiovese/Cabernet Franc/Shiraz all fulfil Steven Spurrier’s aim of producing a trio that are ‘fresh, vibrant, unoaked and balanced’.


Managing director David Gleave MW is excited by these new Indian additions to the Liberty Wines portfolio: ‘We are always hungry for new adventures in the wine world, especially when they have such quality focussed people behind them as Piero Masi and Steven Spurrier. The small, highly specialist range from M/S is perfect for bolder, more adventurous restaurateurs and retailers with a genuine interest in what India’s ancient soils and Europe’s modern winemakers can produce’.


The new Indian wines available through Liberty Wines are as follows:



M/S Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (stelvin)                                        

M/S Sangiovese/Cabernet Franc/Shiraz (stelvin)                                         

M/S Sangiovese Rosé (stelvin)             


For further information, please contact Joe Coyle on email [email protected] or your usual contact.