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India Today - - SIMPLY BANGALORE - Con­tact: grovervine­yards.in

When she was a kid Karishma Grover didn’t know the sig­nif­i­cance of her late grand­fa­ther, Kan­war Grover and fa­ther, Kapil Grover han­dling Grover Wines, a premier In­dian wine­mak­ing com­pany since 1988. But when she was 16, her fa­ther took her on a tour of the winer­ies based near Ban­ga­lore. It was this trip that de­cided the course of Karishma’s life. This third gen­er­a­tion vint­ner joined the fam­ily busi­ness in 2008 and helped it grow to a point where the com­pany now pro­duces ap­prox­i­mately 1.2 mil­lion bot­tles an­nu­ally and is ex­ported to more than 20 coun­tries, in­clud­ing France, Ja­pan and the UK.

THE BACK­GROUND Karishma is us­ing four years of un­der­grad­u­ate ed­u­ca­tion at Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Davis (in the field of Viti­cul­ture) to help the busi­ness grow to a big­ger level. Fol­low­ing this, she also did an in­tern­ship at Napa Val­ley, con­sid­ered one of the top wine re­gions in the United States.

ON THE JOB Karishma’s vis­i­ble con­tri­bu­tion in the busi­ness has been on wine tourism. “I’ve seen how they do it in Napa and I am try­ing to bring that world-class ex­pe­ri­ence to our coun­try.” Seven days a week, peo­ple can sched­ule guided tours of the vine­yards and sam­ple the wines made there. “We’re plan­ning to in­tro­duce an all-day din­ing menu as well so that peo­ple can make a day of it.” She is also closely in­volved with the com­pany’s wine­mak­ing process. Karishma has in­tro­duced new checks and bal­ances to de­ter­mine the qual­ity of wine and has also cre­ated a data­base that tracks the wine­mak­ing process from the vine­yard to the bot­tle. These ini­tia­tives have helped im­prove the qual­ity of wines.

SAN­JAY RAM­CHAN­DRAN

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