Bengaluru gets an all-new wine society

The Bangalore Wine Society follows the success of the Hyderabad chapter and kicked off its inaugural chapter at ITC Gardenia.

Although wine has been drunk in India for millennia, wine culture has taken some time to catch on. With Indian brands starting production in the 1980s and ’90s, the demand for homegrown wines started to gradually take off. The early 2000s saw a boom in the number of brands that mushroomed and consequently, the tipple became a lot more accessible than ever before. This growth in popularity and demand saw the rise of wine societies and clubs, congregations where connoisseurs came together to celebrate wine and spread awareness about wine culture. Now, there’s a brand-new wine society in Bengaluru.    

February 2021 saw the inaugural chapter of the Bangalore Wine Society at ITC Gardenia. Founded by Suryaveer Singh, wine connoisseur and co-hosted by Abhilash Mithren, food, travel and lifestyle blogger, the Bangalore chapter follows the success of the Hyderabad Wine Society. It was Singh who started the Hyderabad chapter too, having completed 33 wine dinners across the city.

Singh, executive director of hotel management company Trance Hotels, has extensive experience in luxury hotel brands across the world and has a wine degree from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Beverly Hills. It was his desire to promote wine culture and spread awareness about wine appreciation that inspired the formation of the Hyderabad Wine Society.

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Suryaveer Singh (right) and Abhilash Mithren (left) are the driving forces behind the Bangalore Wine Society.

The first chapter of the Bangalore Wine Society at ITC Gardenia was attended by both expert and amateur wine aficionados. Hosted at Ottimo, ITC Gardenia’s signature Italian specialty restaurant, the event saw a menu curated by chef Chirag Sehgal. The multiple courses were paired with wines from Australia, New Zealand and Spain.

Given that the city has many venues offering world cuisine, the society plans to hold monthly meetings going ahead.

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