Kanwal Grover, the family pioneer, travelled to France in the 1960s and 1970s, enjoying and learning about wine. This passion for wine grew and was eventually harnessed when the first vineyard was planted in 1992. To help achieve his goal, Kanwal sought expert help, initially from George Vesselle, (Technical Director of Mumm Champagne) and subsequently from Michel Rolland, a world famous winemaker.
Kapil Grover followed in his father’s footsteps and has done much to develop the business, expanding the vineyards from 100 acres to 400 acres. He also travels extensively around the world promoting Indian wine when possible.
Karishma Grover, represents the next generation and continues to pursue her Grandfather’s passion, studying at the world famous school of oenology and viticulture at the University of California Davis.
Reveilo – a name that has become synonymous with quality in the Indian wine industry. A story of passion and undeterred commitment to quality unfolds itself the moment a bottle of Reveilo is opened. The architects of this home-grown story are the Patil family, whose roots go down deep into the loamy soil of Nashik. Six years and two jobs later, Yatin and Kiran Patil – the husband wife duo went back to their 100-acre ancestral farm land in Nashik (Maharashtra) to pursue their actual calling as entrepreneurs and realize their father’s dream of forward integration.
Reveilo is a boutique estate bottled winery, where every bottle is an expression of the winemaker’s art. Andrea Valentinuzzi, our Italian wine maker also comes with a rich experience of over 25 years in viticulture and winemaking. He is very much a ‘hands-on’ winemaker, and has been closely and personally involved in every aspect of setting up the winery and making the wine.
Nashik (Deccan Plateau)
Nashik is famed as the wine capital of India. It is a busy bustling city with a population in excess of 1.5 million and is said to be the abode of Lord Rama during his 14 years in exile. The first wineries were developed in this region and today approximately 35,000 hectares of land is cultivated for wine production. The climate in the region is ‘hot tropical’ with the temperatures somewhat moderated by the altitude of 600m. Temperatures in the summer peak at about 42C dropping to minimums of 5C during the winter. Rainfall is moderate in the viticulture zones at about 500mm. The soils are volcanic in origin composed of continental flood basalt mixed with some clay which add their own character to the wine.
In the 18th century the summer palace of Tipu Sultan was situated here and during the 19th century it was a summer retreat for officials of the British Raj. The latest waves of visitors seeking to benefit from this cooler climate are undoubtedly the viticulturists. They are keen to find sites where wine grape varieties can ripen slowly and fully develop their constituent fruit flavours. The altitude in excess of 800m contributes greatly to this with the temperature ranging between 25-28C in the summer and 8-10C in the winter. Rainfall is heavier than that experienced in Nashik at 1000-1500mm.