Clovely Estate fills India’s glasses

| December 9, 2019

Wine consumption is growing in India, and Queensland’s Clovely Estate has signed an import agreement with Tetrad Global Beverages to help meet the growing demand for quality and new varieties.

Over recent years, Indian wine sales have grown by around 14 percent per year as young Indians, predominantly in urban areas, embrace wine.

Clovely Estate’s winemaker Nick Pesudovs has just returned from a visit to Bengaluru (Bangalore), one of the biggest wine markets, to launch four specially selected Clovely wines for India.

“Indian consumers’ tastes are becoming more adventurous and we’ve introduced a Sparkling Brut, a Verdelho, a Nebbiolo and a Petit Verdot,” Mr Pesudovs said.

At launch events in the Bengaluru region, Indian wine directors and sommeliers responded very enthusiastically to the new wines and to hearing about the terroir of the South Burnett region, which is producing such outstanding Mediterranean varietals.

Nick Pesudovs also addressed the Masterclass at Enoteca Wine Academy in Bengaluru.

“Everyone was so keen to try the wines, understand these varietals and to learn more about their production,’ Mr Pesudovs said.

Clovely Estate’s owners, Brett Heading and Susan Mercer, believe this is just the start of a growing partnership with India.

“Clovely has never been about mass-production so export for us is about finding the right niche markets that will appreciate the quality and care that goes into our wines,” Susan Mercer said.

“Some of the luxury Indian hotels and fine restaurants are keen to introduce something different and distinctive for their clients, and Clovely’s boutique wines suit India’s growing cosmopolitan taste,” she said.

Clovely Estate’s vineyards are at Moffatdale in the South Burnett region. Their range includes everything from everyday table wines to special occasion, artisan products. All wines are created by Clovely’s winemaker at their own winery. The winery has won many Queensland and national awards, including ‘Outstanding Wine of Provenance’ award for its Semillon 2003, 2009 and 2017 at the Courier-Mail Queensland Wine Awards 2019; and ‘Wine of Provenance’, Winestate 4 ½ stars and ‘Best in Class’ at Cairns Wine Awards 2019.