Clovely Estate Cellar Door's manager Tom Albert. (Photo: Madeline Grace)
Clovely Estate Cellar Door's manager Tom Albert. (Photo: Madeline Grace)

Burnett winery takes on international demand

A SOUTH Burnett winery has posed a solution to meet the growing demand for wine in India.

Clovely Estate has signed an import agreement with Tetrad Global Beverages to help meet the growing demand for quality and new varieties.

Clovely Estate winemaker Nick Pesudovs has just returned from a visit to Bengaluru, one of the biggest wine markets, to launch four specially selected Clovely wines for India.

“Indian consumers’ tastes are becoming more adventurous and we’ve introduced a sparkling brut, a verdelho, a bebbiolo and a petit verdot,” he said.

Indian wine sales have grown by around 14 per cent per year over recent years as young Indians, predominantly in urban areas, embrace wine.

At launch events in the Bengaluru region, Indian wine directors and sommeliers responded very enthusiastically to the new wines and to hearing about the terroir of the South Burnett region, which is producing such outstanding Mediterranean varietals.

“Everyone was so keen to try the wines, understand these varietals and to learn more about their production,” he said.

Clovely Estate cellar door welcomes wine tasters. (Photo: Donna Jones)
Clovely Estate cellar door welcomes wine tasters. (Photo: Donna Jones)

Clovely Estate owners Brett Heading and Susan Mercer believe this could be the start of a growing partnership with India.

“Clovely has never been about mass-production so export for us is about finding the right niche markets that will appreciate the quality and care that goes into our wines,” Ms Mercer said.

“Some of the luxury Indian hotels and fine restaurants are keen to introduce something different and distinctive for their clients, and Clovely’s boutique wines suit India’s growing cosmopolitan taste.”

The Moffatdale winery’s range includes everything from table wines to special occasion artisan products.

The Queensland and national award-winning wines are created by Clovely’s winemaker at their own winery.

Clovely Estate wines are available at the City Cellar Door, 210 Musgrave Rd, Red Hill, at the Vineyard Cellar Door along Steinhardt’s Rd, Moffatdale, and from selected specialist retailers.