Grover Zampas Grover Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection

Grover Zampa's Grover Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection

Grover Zampa's Grover Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection

Category - Wine, India, red blend (Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier) and Viognier white, both 13.5% abv

Available - From this month

Location - Global, initially launching in the UK

Price - RSP of GBP14.99 (US$25.55) per 75cl bottle

Distribution - In UK, Cranbrook Wines and Myliko International 

Indian wine company Grover Zampa has partnered with former tennis professional Vijay Amritraj to launch two wines in the UK. A global rollout for the red and white expressions will follow later this year, with France, the US, Japan and India set to be targetted.

The red is a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier and is matured in oak, while the white is a barrel fermented Viognier.

Initially, Grover Zampa will push the wines to “high-end fine dining Indian restaurants”, the company said.

Grover Zampa is the result of a merger between Grover Vineyards and Vallee De Vin.

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Internationally renowned professional tennis player - and James Bond star - Vijay Amritraj has joined forces with India’s largest premium wine producer Grover Zampa to launch a range of fine wines inspired by his legendary feats on the tennis court and iconic style of play. 

Unveiled by the man himself last night at a celebrity-packed Wimbledon-themed party at the exclusive St James’ Court, a Taj Hotel, London, the Grover Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection consists of a white and a red wine from some of the best vineyards in India.

The white is a barrel-fermented varietal Viognier and the red wine is a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier. Both wines will be distributed in the UK market through Cranbrook Wines and Myliko International with RSPs of around £14.99.

Amritraj is India’s best-known tennis export, reaching no. 16 on the world rankings in 1980 and beating many of the world’s leading players during his 20-year career, including John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. He also enjoyed a brief acting career, starring as M16 agent Vijay in the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy and appearing as a starship captain in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. More recently Amritraj was a UN Messenger of Peace from 2001 until 2006 before setting up the Vijay Amritraj Foundation, supporting innocent victims of disease, tragedy and circumstance in India. 

Amritraj says: “It gives me great pleasure to associate with Grover Zampa Vineyards on this special collection. Their wines made with absolute perfection bring together the element of passion and sophistication.”

Grover Zampa is one of the oldest and most prestigious wine producers in India. The company owns vineyards in both the Nandi Hills in Karnataka and in the Nashik Valley in Maharashtra where the natural protection of both the Nandi Hills and the terraced slopes of Nashik offer fresh climate, fertile soil and the perfect conditions for vine growing. Working with limited yields, sustainable viticultural practices and selective hand harvesting, the winemaking is carried out by a team of local oenologists under the direction of international French wine consultant Michel Rolland. Also present at the event was Karishma Grover, the company’s third generation young, female winemaker, furthering Grover’s emphasis on family values, tradition and the heritage of Indian wines. 

Sumedh Mandla, chief executive officer of Grover Zampa, comments: “Working with such a well known and respected athlete as Vijay really reflects the quality and success we expect from the wines, considering the premium style of wine produced at Grover Zampa. We are looking forward to showing the UK market the premium wine that Indian soils can produce, and we are delighted to be hosting the world wide launch in the UK, a market we highly prioritize.”

On the occasion, Digvijay Singh, General Manager of Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences and St James’ Court, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting friends of the Taj and luminaries from the arenas of foreign policy, corporate boardrooms and the arts once again at our annual Wimbledon Summer party in the St James’ Courtyard with Vijay Amritraj. It’s a testament to the heritage and importance of the occasion that Vijay along with Grover Zampa found it ideal for the global launch of the Grover Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection and we’re proud to be associated with the event.”

Original source: Company Release