Fratelli Wines wine producer
Fratelli is Italian for ‘brothers’, and the company is a collaboration between three pairs of brothers, two Indian and one Italian. Kapil and Guarav Sekhri met Italians Andrea and Alessio Secci in the Nineties when expanding their Delhi-based footwear business into the European market. While Kapil was holidaying with the Seccis in 2006, they introduced him to famed consultant winemaker and family friend Piero Masi. Together they conceived the idea of making Tuscan-inspired, international-quality wine in India.
Back home the Sekhris teamed up with
landowners Arjun and Ranjit Mohite-Patil, founding Fratelli Vineyards on some of their land near Akluj and building a state of the art winery. Piero is chief winemaker and the seventh partner.
Unusually for an Indian producer, Fratelli own all their vineyards and don’t buy in any grapes. Piero insisted on control over the viticulture as well as the winemaking. Akluj is also a long way south-east of Maharashtra’s main wine districts (though still on the Deccan plateau) so there were no locals growing wine grapes. All the vineyards were planted from scratch, in three major blocks encompassing 97 hectares: Motewadi (the first, around the winery), Garwad (the largest, a few kilometres southwest) and Nimgaon (a similar distance southeast and the smallest, planted with red varieties only).
The most-planted red grape is
, reflecting the Italian connection, but there are lots of others: Cabernets
, Marselan and
. Whites, and several bottle-fermented fizzes, come from
The winery has gone from strength to strength, with their flagship Sette, a SuperTuscan-style Sangiovese/Cab Sauv blend, now widely regarded as India’s best red.
Decanting Club wines made by: Fratelli Wines
From Maharashtra, India
Fratelli, Classic Chenin
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