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India’s much-trumpeted wine boom fails to bear fruit

Grape growers uproot vines as Indians fail to acquire taste for local terroirs.

Hambir Gopal Phadtare, founder and owner of Mountain View winery in Nashik region of western India looks out over his land and sees a diminished vineyard.

Four of his 10 hectares have been sold to repay bank loans, the French experts have disappeared and there are no lines of lorries full of grapes bought from independent growers any more.

"It’s been a very difficult period," says the 76-year-old, who began making wine in the late 1990s. "We are still not out of it, but maybe in another couple of years things will be better."