An Indian Wine Grower Makes a Mark in the Napa Valley

I recently received my year-end copy of the Wine Spectator magazine chronicling the ‘Top-100 most exciting wines of 2010’. Occupying the proud number 4 spot on this list is a wine made by a fellow Indian – the cardiologist Dr. Madaiah Revana. The magazine says that Dr. Revana grew up in rural India before immigrating to America. Making wine is apparently his second career and he still practices cardiology in Houston.

Dr. Madaiah Revana

Per the magazine he planted his vineyard in Napa Valley in 1998, after ‘he caught the wine bug’. The Revana Family Vineyard website speaks of Dr. Revana’s love of Bordeaux first growths that eventually led him to Napa.

I have never tasted the Revana Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 2007 (US $125 retail in the US), but I certainly look forward to it. Making it to the Wine Spectator’s list of the Top 100 wines of 2010 is certainly an achievement, and because it is an Indian who did it – we can all be proud of it! The journey from rural India to a top award-winning wine estate is a long one – so well-done and congratulations Mr. Revana!

About Gaurav Anand

Certified Sommelier Gaurav Anand is an India based wine writer, consultant, educator and founder of Wine Forays. He earned his Sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and holds the WSET Advanced certification in Wines & Spirits. Above all, he is a wine lover on a full-time mission to taste and discover the best wines in the world.
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2 Responses to An Indian Wine Grower Makes a Mark in the Napa Valley

  1. Puneet Gulati says:

    Hi Gaurav,

    Thoroughly enjoyed your blog. I wonder when we would be able to relish these high quality wines in India. I’m in Seattle for work and routinely buy wines under US $ 20 which sweep me off my feet. One of my all time favorites is Kim Crawford (I love all whites from this winery, specially the ones from Marlborough). I’m pretty new to the wine world, having just celebrated my 25 years in this world. Another possible reason is growing up in a scotch loving Delhi-Punjabi family :-) Do you know any wine importers or wine stores that stock Kim Crawfords ?

    Will keep my eyes on your posts !! Keep up the good work.


    • Gaurav Anand says:

      Hi Puneet,

      Thanks for writing in. Washington State wine is certainly great value and I’m not surprised that you can find great bottles in Seattle at less than $20. We just hosted a series of trade events in Mumbai and Delhi profiling Washington State wine, and the wine was much appreciated by trade professionals.

      As for your question about Kim Crawford wines in India – I’m not aware of any importer who is importing these wines into India. Its possible of course that these wines are imported into India and I’m simply not aware of it. The best way to be sure is to drop the winery a note on their website. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is certainly getting more popular in India, and is quite easily available in Delhi and Gurgaon. Villa Maria is one of my favourite producers – give their Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc a try if you can. Their Cellar Selection Pinot Noir is great too.


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