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.