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United Breweries is to set up a winery in the Eastern Indian state of Bihar that will process litchi to make wine.

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United Breweries (UB) has acquired 100 acres of litchi gardens on lease at Kanti and Motipur villages in Muzaffarpur district and the company is planning to acquire another 1,000 acres.

“The initiative for purchasing land to set up the winery is on the move," a UB spokesperson told just-drinks today (21 June). "We expect that the winery will start its production by the end of next year.”

He declined to disclose the total investment behind the litchi winery. 

India's National Litchi Research Centre, based in Muzaffarpur, developed the technology for making litchi-flavoured wine and UB has signed a memorandum of understanding with the centre to use this technology.

United Breweries is owned by billionaire Vija Mallya, who also controls United Spirits via his UB Group empire.


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