Meet collection & process of our wine
We intend to make wines out of fruits and flowers that are grown in the state of Maharashtra. Our aim is to display character of the region; its diversity in terms of soils, sub-soils, micro-climate, flora and fauna. Our very first Fruzzanté Chikoo is a rendition of fine quality Chikoos from Dahanu-Gholvad which has a Geographical Indication to its name.
Where's the Wine made? How many bottles have you produced so far?
The wine is made in Bordi. The winery is part of Hill Zill Resort. The wine manufacturer is Hill Zill Wines. The style of wine making is similar to that of Frizantes made in Italy and since the wine is made out of fruit we chose to call it "Fruzzanté." We have produced about 25,000 bottles of 330ml each. The wines were recently launched on 31st December, 2016.
How did the thought of making Chikoo Wine cross your mind?
I am a farmers daughter and Gholvad is my native village. (I have attached the story of Gholvad chikoos for your reference)I was born and brought up here. After schooling I moved on to Mumbai, Pune and finally USA to complete Masters in Mechanical Engineering. After studying and working in USA, I decided to head back home to help my parents in their family business. My family owns a Resort and Fruit orchards in a hills surrounding the beautiful costal town of Bordi. Dahanu-Gholvad Chikoo is renowned and now also holds a Geographical Indication. A seed borer disease had destroyed the Chikoo market and farmers had eventually resorted to cutting off Chikoo trees for some other cultivation. Even after the fruit recovered from its tyranny, the market acceptance suffered greatly. Moreover, Chikoo barely had any products that could add value to fruit. Other several problems with Chikoo were its high pH, highly perishable and uneven nature of ripening. We were trying to access all possible avenues so that Chikoo could be put to use. Most of the Chikoo dried products too failed to attract the consumers. We realised that Chikoo juice retained the major flavour component of the fruit and the dried matter had very little Chikoo flavour. Again the juice was tough to package and is highly perishable. The fruit has very strong ambient yeast that start fermentation very fast post juice extraction. While a friend who was working on wines suggested Chikoo Wine as its in the nature of Chikoo to ferment. Wine would also add the much needed glamour quotient to the fruit and most important we could bottle Chikoo. And hence started working on Chikoo Wine in 2011. The makers of this wine are farmers who are immensely passionate about their fruit and believe in it's potential for developing into a fine wine varietal. Its the first ever wine made from pure chikoo extracts, offering an outburst of tropical flavours on your palate.
From Nova Scotia, Canada to Bordi, India he traveled round the globe to create the magic called "Fruzzante". Cheers to the man who makes wine making as simple and as humble as his smile. "Dominic Rivard" we love you...
The making ..... hand picked Chikoos from Dahanu-Gholvad to hand crafted Chikoo Wine .... take the winery tour and wine tasting only at Hill Zill Resort ....