The Deccan Plateau region of India is one of the most geologically stable land masses of the world.
A land of complexity with a deep sense of history, the Deccan Plateau makes up the majority of the southern and central parts of the country, covering over almost eight Indian states.
The amalgamation of different languages and different states makes the Deccan Plateau not only rich in traditions and culture but also heritage.
The climate of the region varies from sub tropical in the extreme north to tropical in most of the region with distinct wet and dry seasons. Rainfall occurs during the wet or monsoon season, usually from June to October. March to June can be very dry and hot with temperatures exceeding 40°C. And the winter season (November-February) is characterized by low and steady temperatures, with days shorter than the nights.
These climatic conditions and the black soil of the region are apt for growing sandalwood and teak and crops like cotton, sugarcane, cereals, pulses, spices and fruits.
Specific pockets of the Deccan Plateau (like Nashik and Pune regions of Maharashtra state) are ideally suited for grape cultivation. It is the remarkable winter season when the vines bear fruit and ripen. The temperatures are low and steady, with the days shorter than the nights. This helps to retain acidity, accumulation of flavors and sugars in the grapes, thus leading in production of good to premium quality wines.
As a land that has experienced extensive immigration and intermingling through many millennia, India's cuisine has benefited from numerous food influences. And the most defining characteristic of Indian cuisine is its diverse use of spices. No wonder then India lends its rich flavor and exotic aroma to the world.
Just as spices are inherent to Indian cuisine, they also find mention in the context of wines. That wine drinking was a ritual in ancient India is apparent from mythological volumes, historical journals and ancient medical treatises. References of soma and drakshasava are found in Ayurvedic texts, representing a delicious digestive preparation made from ripened wine grapes, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, anise, nagkesara, vidanga, tejpatra, pippali and black pepper and contained natural alcohol.
Carrying on the good work, Deccan Plateau Vineyards now bring in the aroma-laden flavour of the delectable Indian spices, accentuating the taste, thus making Deccan Plateau Wines a true signature brand!