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Creator of Bordeaux wine among star attractions at delWine Summit 2019
Monday, 22 April, 2019, 15 : 00 PM [IST]
New Delhi, India
Loic Pasquet, creator of Liber Pater (one of the world’s most expensive Bordeaux wines), and Ravi Viswanathan, managing partner, Visvires (a Singapore-basedprivate equity fund), and top investor in the Indian wine industry, were the star attractions at the delWine Summit and Excellence Awards 2019, which took place at the Indian Wine Academy’s Pullman New Delhi Aerocity recently.

It served as both a forum for industry leaders to exchange ideas about the state of the wine business in India and the world, and an occasion to honour professionals in the hospitality industry who are actively promoting a wine culture in India.

It was a first-of-its-kind ceremony where 10 women, who are role models in the wine industry and on the biennial Women of Wine list, were honoured for the first time since the inception of the list in 2013. Over 200 brands of wine were showcased and tasted at the event.

delWine Summit & Excellence Awards 2019
The brainchild of Subhash Arora, who founded the ground-breaking Delhi Wine Club in 2002, the delWine Summit and Excellence Awards were first held in September 2016 in the presence of industry stalwarts such as Visvanathan, Kapil Grover (Grover Zampa), Rajeev Samant (founder and chief executive officer, Sula Vineyards) and Aman Dhall (Brindco).

At the India Wine Summit, important government functionaries and international personalities engaged with India's wine industry and hospitality sector leaders, including Pasquet; Viswanathan; Samant; A D Singh (managing director, Olive Bar and Kitchen); and Sonal Holland (India's first Master of Wine).

The Wines of the World (WOW) Showcase enabled the delegates to sample the best wines already available, or about to be introduced, in the Indian market.

The delWine Excellence Awards evening was followed by a dinner curated by the Pullman's chefs.

It was also an occasion for the 10 exceptional women, who were on delWine's much-anticipated bienniel Women of Wine list, to be honoured publicly for the first time since the inception of the list in 2013.

delWine is the wine and hospitality e-newsletter that Arora launched in 2006, and has been steering single-handedly since then. It reaches a global readership of 33,000 wine and hospitality industry professionals spread across 71 countries.

Commenting on the summit and awards, Arora said, "I was particularly touched by the way the industry warmly received the idea at its first edition.”

“Not a single award was challenged, and when I wasn't able to organise the event earlier because of factors not under my control, I got numerous inquiries about my decision and a lot of encouragement to continue what I had started,” he added.

“I am back therefore with not just the awards, but also the first-ever national summit of the wine industry,” Arora said.

Supporting the decision, Tristan Beau de Lomenie, director of operations, luxe hotels, India, Accor, and general manager delegate, Pullman and Novotel New Delhi Aerocity, said, ”We are very happy to be associated with the summit and awards yet again this time.”

“I am confident they will only become bigger and better. I am particularly happy about the summit, where, I believe, one of the subjects to be discussed is the quality of wine education in the country. It is particularly important for the quality of human resources available to the hospitality industry,” he added.

The award categories that were considered this year were:
  • Delhi's Best Wine Destination (Five-Star Hotel)
  • Delhi's Best Wine Destination (Stand-Alone Restaurant)
  • NCR's Best Wine Destination (Five-Star Hotel)
  • NCR's Best Wine Destination (Stand-Alone Restaurant)
  • Best Wine Sommelier of the Year (Delhi-NCR/Five-Star Hotels)
  • Best Wine Sommelier of the Year (Delhi-NCR/Standalone Restaurants)
  • Best Indian Wine Selection (Delhi-NCR/Five-Star Hotels)
  • Best Indian Wine Selection (Delhi-NCR/Standalone Restaurants)
  • Best International Wine Selection (Delhi-NCR/Five-Star Hotels)
  • Best International Wine Selection (Delhi-NCR/Standalone Restaurants)
  • Indian Cuisine Restaurant with Best Wine List (Delhi-NCR/Five-Star Hotels)
  • Indian Cuisine Restaurant with Best Wine List (Delhi-NCR/Standalone Restaurants)
  • Best Wine Retailer (Delhi/NCR)
  • Best Wine Service (Delhi-NCR/Five-Star Hotels)
  • Best Wine Service (Delhi-NCR/Standalone Restaurants)
  • Best Wine Events (Delhi-NCR/Five-Star Hotels)
  • Best Wine Events (Delhi-NCR/Standalone Restaurants)
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