- Four Seasons Vineyards

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Meaning ‘season’ in Sanskrit, Ritu not only captures the beauty of the different seasons in
exotic India but is also a prism through which the circle of life is viewed .
The vibrant dance of a springtime harvest
The wondrous joy of a summer night spent under starlit skies
The sheer exhilaration that greets the first monsoon showers or
The festive cheer that lights up the country at the onset of winter…
To each Ritu, there is a unique experience.
Enjoy the experience of unraveling the heart, body and soul of this unique Indian wine story.
Journey into the incredible land called India
 From magnificent forts to ethereal
palaces, the landscape of India is
dotted with a mixture of its roots and
its western influences.
 Home to ancient civilisations, historic
trade routes and vast empires, India is a
melting pot of diverse cultures, art,
festivities & the delicious array of
cuisines.
India’s winemaking history dates back
to 4th Millennium BC
 Referred to as “Somarasa” during the Vedic period, wine was a part of social &
religious drinking, festivals and celebrations till the medieval period.
 Viticulture was believed to have been introduced by Persian traders
sometime in the 4th millennium BC.
 In the centuries that followed, wine became the privileged drink of the noble
class; later India experienced fine wines from the royal vineyards when early
European travelers graced the Mughal courts.
 In the 16th century the Portuguese and the British colonists further
encouraged the wine drinking culture in India.
 The Indian wine industry was reaching a peak when phylloxera made its way to
country and devastated its vineyards by the end of the 19th century.
Artifacts found at the sites
of Harappan Civilization
 Today, India is emerging as a new tropical wine producing region offering
fine wines that are young, fresh and fruity.
The picturesque Sahyadri Valley
The cradle of Ritu
 The Western Ghats, also known as Sahyadri, is a
mountainous range along the west coast of India’s
ancient peninsula and has a rich and intriguing
history.
 Over time, Sahyadri has witnessed numerous
climatic changes that helped shape the soils and
geology of the hills; it is classified as the world’s ten
‘newest biodiversity hotspots’.
 Besides its breathtaking beauty, these hills are
endowed with perfect natural conditions for
nurturing the French varieties of wine grapes.
 It is in this grape heaven that the exquisite range of
Ritu finds its roots.
Terroir

The Sahyadri valley forms an ideal terroir
for grape growing:
 Iron rich gravelly soil with good
drainage
 Mild weather throughout the year

Controlled yield ensures concentration of
aromas and a well-rounded structure on
the palate; lends a distinct identity to
each wine.
The legacy of United Spirits Limited
(part of the UB Group)
 United Spirits Ltd (USL) - the spirits and wine arm of the
UB Group is the largest spirits company in the world by
volume and has a global footprint with exports to over 37
countries.
 Besides Whyte & Mackay and Bouvet-Ladubay being
100% subsidiaries of USL, the company has 21 millionaire
brands in its portfolio and is the undisputed market
leader in India.
The UB Group’s varied businesses
 United Spirits' brands have won the most prestigious awards for flavors, ranging from Mondial to International
Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) to International Taste & Quality Institute (ITQI); more than 165 awards &
certificates.
 The Company is known to be an innovator in the industry and has several firsts to its credit: first pre-mixed gin,
the first Tetrapack in the spirits industry in India, first single malt manufactured in Asia and the first diet versions
of whisky and vodka in India.
www.theubgroup.com
www.unitedspirits.in
Ritu wines – the latest offering from the Group
 As an export initiative, Four Seasons Wines Ltd. (part of USL)
crafts the Ritu varietal and reserve wines for international
markets.
 Currently Ritu wines are available in the United Kingdom,
France and Japan with plans to expand further.
 Four Seasons Wines Ltd. crafts two brands of wines for the Indian
market:
- Four Seasons: Flagship brand &
- Zinzi: Fun and easy drinking wine
Four Seasons – India’s most awarded wine range
Our Award Cabinet
SOMMELIER INDIA WINE COMPETITION 2009
GOLD
Four Seasons Viognier White wine
SILVER
Four Seasons Sauvignon Blanc White wine
BRONZE
Four Seasons Barrique Reserve Shiraz 2008 Red Wine
COMMENDED
Four Seasons Barrique Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Red
Wine
COMMENDED
Four Seasons Blush Wine
INDIA WINE CHALLENGE 2010
BEST INDIAN
RED WINE
Four Seasons Barrique Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Red
Wine
BRONZE
Four Seasons Barrique Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Red
Wine
DECANTER ASIA WINE AWARDS 2012
BRONZE
Four Seasons Barrique Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Four Seasons state-of-the-art winery
Nestled in the picturesque Sahyadri Valley in the village of Rotti
in Baramati, Maharashtra

The UB Group owned Four Seasons winery is modelled on a
French château with elements of a palace and has a planned
capacity of 1 mn cases.

To be surrounded by 300 acres of vineyards when fully
developed, the winery is soon to become a centre for wine
tourism.

With 14 suites, a large party deck overlooking the vineyards, a
swimming pool, a restaurant, vinotherapy spa and a wine
tasting room the Four Seasons winery is nothing short of a
perfect gateway.

This project acts as a catalyst in the socio-economic
development of the local community by imparting
knowledge, sharing technical expertise with the farmers and
generating both direct & indirect job opportunities for the
people of Baramati.
Technologically advanced with latest winemaking equipment imported from France & Italy
Barrel Room
French oak barriques used to mature the Reserve
wines. Maturing and ageing in oak gives the wines
added complexity while at the same time
smoothing out the tannins.
Grape Bunch sorting
Grapes are sorted under strict quality
control guidelines.
Inertis Press
This machine presses the wine grapes in the gentlest
manner possible and in oxygen free conditions which
ensures a quality wine.
Bottling Line
The bottling line is imported from Italy and has a
speed of 2500 bottles per hour. It is fully automated
ensuring hygiene and quality control at each stage
of cleaning, filling, closing and labeling.
Fermentation Hall
The fermentation tanks are all temperature
controlled which is vital for quality
winemaking in hot countries.
A connoisseur and his creation
 Mr. Abhay Kewadkar – Business Head and Chief Winemaker of USL,
Wines holds the distinction of being one of the first Indian winemaker
who has shaped the country’s commercial wine industry in a large way
since its independence.
 His proficiency was further perfected during his stints at various French
companies like Champagne Mumms, Champagne Veuve Cliquot and
Barton& Guestier among others.
 In 1998, he also worked alongside Mr. Michel Rolland from Bordeaux,
deemed to be one of the best consultants on wines.
 Today he personally crafts the wines produced at Four Seasons and makes
sure they complement the global palate.
The French connection
 In 2006 the UB Group made headlines by being the first Indian company
to acquire a premium French winery Bouvet-Ladubay and enter the
wine business in India.
 Situated in Saumur in the breathtaking Loire Valley, Bouvet-Ladubay
boasts of a heritage of one hundred and sixty years and is world
renowned for its “methode traditionnelle” sparkling wines.
 Associated with luxury, class and sophistication Bouvet has won around
340 awards in the last three decades alone.
 Four Seasons and Bouvet-Ladubay work closely today, sharing
techniques and collaborating on ideas to create and perfect new
blends of Indian wines that suit the international palate.
The enchanting range of Ritu
 The Ritu range of varietal and reserve wines are
a fine representation of the Indian terroir.
 The varietal range of wines are fruit forward
and styled to suit the diversity of global cuisine.
 The premium range of Barrique Reserve
Collection are made in limited batches and
undergo a nine month maturation in French
oak barriques that lends these wines a subtle
complexity and good structure.
Our award cabinet
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2012
Bronze
Bronze
Bronze
Bronze
Barrique Reserve Shiraz 2009
Blush
Blush (paired with Chicken Tikka)
Viognier (paired with Pad Thai)
What Food, What Wine? 2012
3 Star
Blush (paired with Chicken Tikka Masala)
Wine Style Asia Award 2011
Bronze
Viognier
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2010
Bronze
Bronze
Viognier
Sauvignon Blanc
Snapshot: Ritu Portfolio Mapping
Ritu Wine Selection
Barrique Reserve Collection
Style
Grape (s)
Alc %
Premium oak barreled wine with complex character & good structure
Barrique Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2009
Still Dry wine
(Barrel aged)
Cabernet Sauvignon (90%), Shiraz
(10%)
13%
Barrique Reserve Shiraz 2009
Still Dry wine
(Barrel aged)
Shiraz (87%), Cabernet Sauvignon
(10%), Viognier (3%)
13%
Varietal Range
Available in 3 whites, 1 Blush and 3 reds
Viognier
Still Dry Wine
Viognier
12.5%
Sauvignon Blanc
Still Dry Wine
Sauvignon Blanc
12.5%
Chenin Blanc
Still Off Dry Wine
Chenin Blanc
12.5%
Blush
Still Off Dry Wine
Shiraz, Zinfandel
12.5%
Merlot
Still Dry Wine
Merlot
13%
Cabernet Sauvignon
Still Dry Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon
13%
Shiraz
Still Dry Wine
Shiraz
13%
Ritu Barrique Reserve Collection
RITU BARRIQUE RESERVE
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2009
Still Red
GRAPES: Cabernet Sauvignon (90%), Shiraz (10%)
ORIGIN: Baramati, Maharashtra
STYLE: Dry; ALC.: 13 %
TASTING NOTES: A deep purple-red colour with a complex aroma profile that has a good expression of
crushed blackcurrant, and a touch of spice on the nose. On the palate it is richly fruity with notes of vanilla
and a touch of mint. Good concentration of well integrated soft tannins and a pleasant lingering finish.
SERVING SUGGESTION: Enjoyed best at 18° - 20° C. A fine wine to go with fine cuisine like slow roasted
ham, tenderloin, rack of lamb and oven roasted vegetables. Mature cheeses like comté, beaufort and
abondance also pair well with this wine. Ready to drink now but connoisseurs will realise that this wine will
age well over 5 years.
WINEMAKING: Selection of quality grapes from our oldest, controlled yield vineyards. Long fermentation
of about 3 weeks ensures good extraction of structured tannins which are further complemented by
maturation in French oak barrels for about 9 months. The final blend is crafted so that there is a good
balance between fruit and oak.
PACKAGING:
Bottle: Green Reverse Tapered Bordeaux Bottle
Closure: Natural Cork
Pack size: 750 ml
Outer carton size (6*750ml): 260mm (l)* 170mm (b) * 355 mm (h)
RITU BARRIQUE
RESERVE SHIRAZ 2009
Still Red
GRAPES: Shiraz (87%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), Viognier (3%)
ORIGIN: Baramati, Maharashtra
STYLE: Dry; ALC.: 13 %
TASTING NOTES: A deep inky-red coloured wine that has a plumy depth of ripe blackurrant and
some savoury spices on the nose. Intense smoky and earthy flavours on the palate. Has the true
richness of Shiraz with its spices. Full-bodied and complex.
SERVING SUGGESTION: Enjoyed best at 18° - 20° C. A fine wine to go with fine cuisine like
herbed duck confit, charcuterie, barbequed red meats, wild mushroom ragu and chargrilled
vegetables. Mature cheeses like livarot and reblochon also pair well with this wine. Ready to drink
now but connoisseurs will realise that this wine will age well over 5 years.
WINEMAKING: Selection of quality grapes from our oldest, controlled yield vineyards. Long
fermentation of about 3 weeks ensures good extraction of tannins which are further
complemented by maturation in French oak barrels for about 9 months. The final blend is crafted
so that there is a good balance between fruit and oak.
PACKAGING:
Bottle: Green Reverse Tapered Bordeaux Bottle
Closure: Natural Cork
Pack size: 750 ml
Outer carton size (6*750ml): 260mm (l)* 170mm (b) * 355 mm (h)
Ritu Varietal range
RITU VIOGNIER
Still White
*
GRAPE: Viognier
ORIGIN: Baramati, Maharashtra
STYLE: Dry; ALC.: 12.5 %
TASTING NOTES: A lovely medium gold colour. Intense perfume of blossom, with delicate hints
of white apple, dried apricots and peaches balanced by a hint of spice. Well-rounded with
balancing acidity and an attractive lingering finish.
SERVING SUGGESTION: Enjoyed best at 10 ° - 12° C as an accompaniment to sprout based
salads with fruity dressings, or light fish and chicken dishes. Also pairs well with mildly spiced
Indian and Asian cuisine.
WINEMAKING: Fully ripe grapes grown on warm sunny slopes in the Sahyadri valley are pressed
and fermented in stainless steel vats at low temperature to retain the aromas of this variety. The
wines are then racked, chilled to stabilise and filtered before bottling.
PACKAGING:
Bottle: Green Bordeaux bottle
Closure: Natural cork / Screw cap (Depending on the market)
Pack sizes: 750 ml, 375 ml
Outer carton size (6*750ml ): 260mm(l) * 170mm(b) * 335mm(h)
* Won the medal for its excellent pairing with Pad Thai
RITU SAUVIGNON BLANC
Still White
GRAPE: Sauvignon Blanc
ORIGIN: Baramati, Maharashtra
STYLE: Dry; ALC.: 12.5 %
TASTING NOTES: A lovely light sunny yellow colour with wonderful aromas of asparagus,
gooseberry, melons, green pepper and herbs. A refreshing wine with zesty acidity which carries the
ripe taste of the fruit well on the palate.
SERVING SUGGESTION: Enjoyed best at 8° - 10° C. Makes a perfect aperitif or pair it salads, green
vegetables , fish & seafood dishes and strong cheeses. Also pairs well with tomato based sauces
and dishes cooked with herbs and vegetables.
WINEMAKING: Well matured grapes grown in warm sunny slopes of our vineyards in and around
Barmaid are cold pressed, juice settled and fermented in stainless steel vats at low temperature.
Part of the wine goes through “sur-lie” treatment. The wines are then racked, chilled to stabilise
and filtered fine before bottling.
PACKAGING:
Bottle: Green Bordeaux bottle
Closure: Natural cork / Screw cap (Depending on the market)
Pack sizes: 750 ml, 375 ml
Outer carton size (6*750ml ): 260mm(l) * 170mm(b) * 335mm(h)
RITU CHENIN BLANC
Still White
GRAPE: Chenin Blanc
ORIGIN: Baramati, Maharashtra
STYLE: Off Dry; ALC.: 12.5 %
TASTING NOTES: An inspiring golden creation with an enticing blend of banana, guava and
fresh apples. An easy to drink wine with a balanced and rounded finish.
SERVING SUGGESTION: Enjoyed best at 8° -10° C as an accompaniment to green salads, light
fish and chicken dishes. Also pairs well with mildly spiced Indian and Asian cuisine.
WINEMAKING: Fully ripe grapes grown in warm sunny slopes of our vineyards in and around
Baramati are pressed, juice settled and fermented in stainless steel vats at low temperature.
Care is taken to leave back some residual natural sugar for the off dry style of wine. The wines
are then racked, chilled to stabilise and filtered fine before bottling.
PACKAGING:
Bottle: Green Bordeaux bottle
Closure: Natural cork / Screw cap (Depending on the market)
Pack sizes: 750 ml, 375 ml
Outer carton size (6*750ml ): 260mm(l) * 170mm(b) * 335mm(h)
RITU BLUSH
Still Rosé
GRAPE: Shiraz, Zinfandel
ORIGIN: Baramati, Maharashtra
STYLE: Off Dry; ALC.: 12.5 %
TASTING NOTES: An attractive salmon-pink wine with a mesmerising bouquet of violets,
roses, strawberries and sweet spices. Its crisp acidity with a pleasant, fruity and refreshing
taste makes it a fun and youthful wine.
*
SERVING SUGGESTION: Enjoyed best at 8° - 10° C. Perfect as an aperitif or pair with Indian
tandoori dishes, any mildly spiced Asian cuisine or tomato based world cuisine.
WINEMAKING: Juice is left with skins for 12 to 24 hours with cold soaking, in order to extract
aroma and structure. Juice is then settled and fermented at low temperature.
The wines are then racked, chilled to stabilise and filtered fine before bottling.
PACKAGING:
Bottle: Flint Bordeaux bottle
Closure: Natural cork / Screw cap (Depending on the market)
Pack sizes: 750 ml, 375 ml
Outer carton size (6*750ml ): 260mm(l) * 170mm(b) * 335mm(h)
* Won 2 Bronze medals - one for its excellent pairing with Chicken Tikka &
the other in the Rosé wine category
RITU MERLOT
Still Red
GRAPE: Merlot
ORIGIN: Baramati, Maharashtra
STYLE: Dry; ALC.: 13 %
TASTING NOTES: Ruby red in colour with a hint of garnet. Delicious aromas of ripe black
fruits, especially plums. Medium-bodied with soft tannins and a pleasant lasting finish.
SERVING SUGGESTION: Enjoyed best at 16° - 18° C with medium spiced Indian dishes as
well as roast lamb served with vegetables and potatoes.
WINEMAKING: Fully ripe grapes grown on the sunny slopes in the sahyadri valley are cold
soaked initially to extract colour and then fermented at 25°C with maceration continuing for
2-3 weeks in order to further extract colour and tannins. The wines are then settled,
blended, coarse filtered and bottled.
PACKAGING:
Bottle: Green Bordeaux bottle
Closure: Natural cork / Screw cap (Depending on the market)
Pack sizes: 750 ml, 375 ml
Outer carton size (6*750ml): 260mm(l)*170mm(b)*335mm(h)
RITU CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Still Red
GRAPE: Cabernet Sauvignon
ORIGIN: Baramati, Maharashtra
STYLE: Dry; ALC.: 13 %
TASTING NOTES: A dark cherry red creation that combines a fruity nose of blackcurrant and
berries with a hint of tobacco. This wine has lots of structure and a good concentration of soft
tannins due to the controlled yeild. A very impressive full-bodied wine with a lingering finish.
SERVING SUGGESTION: Enjoyed best at 16° - 18° C with barbeque dishes, steaks and / or
medium spiced heavier Indian and international cuisines.
WINEMAKING: Fully ripe grapes grown on the sunny slopes of our vineyards in and around
Baramati, are cold soaked initially to extract colour and then fermented at 30° C with maceration
continuing for 3-4 weeks in order to extract more colour and tannins. The wines are then settled,
blended, coarse filtered and bottles.
PACKAGING:
Bottle: Green Bordeaux bottle
Closure: Natural cork / Screw cap (Depending on the market)
Pack sizes: 750 ml, 375 ml
Outer carton size (6*750ml): 260mm(l)*170mm(b)*335mm(h)
RITU SHIRAZ
Still Red
GRAPE: Shiraz
ORIGIN: Baramati, Maharashtra
STYLE: Dry; ALC.: 13 %
TASTING NOTES: A classic wine that has a ruby red colour with a hint of inky blue. A whiff of violets
and raspberries, with a spicy and smoky character adds to the complexity of the aroma profile. Good
natural tannins on the finish and nice length of fruit. Savour the full-bodied richness of this wine.
SERVING SUGGESTION: Enjoyed best at 16° - 18° C with barbequed red meats and game. This
wine’s spicy character makes it an ideal accompaniment to Indian cuisine, particularly tandoori
meats and biryani.
WINEMAKING: Fully ripe grapes grown on the sunny slopes of our vineyards in and around
Baramati, are cold soaked initially to extract colour and then fermented at 25° C with maceration
continuing for 2-3 weeks in order to extract more colour and tannins. The wines are then settled,
blended, coarse filtered and bottles.
PACKAGING:
Bottle: Green Bordeaux bottle
Closure: Natural cork / Screw cap (Depending on the market)
Pack sizes: 750 ml, 375 ml
Outer carton size (6*750ml): 260mm(l)*170mm(b)*335mm(h)
A few words of praise
RITU Shiraz
Very good deep colour, smoky black fruits nose, good smooth
flavours and oak and alcohol well-blended in, good depth of
concentration and length.
Rating: 16.5 / 20
(equivalent to Decanter’s Bronze award)
RITU Viognier
Bright medium yellow, good florality and good fleshy fruit, nice
lift of acidity on the finish. Overall quite a supple, rounded wine.
Rating: 15.5 / 20
(equivalent to Decanter’s Certification of Commendation)
Steven Spurrier
World renowned expert authority on wines &
Consultant Editor, Decanter Magazine
Ritu Viognier
I greatly preferred this wine. Lighter and drier than the Sula, it is pleasantly
floral in style, with good peachy fruit.
Ritu Barrique Reserves:
I have been impressed by the recent releases. Like most Indian Cabernet
Sauvignons and Merlots – all of which have to be picked before the
monsoons – it has the green pepper character of insufficiently ripe fruit,
tasting more like a red Loire than a red Bordeaux. As Indian winemakers
introduce Shiraz into their red blends, they tend to achieve greater success.
Robert Joseph
Wine expert and award-winning
author of over 28 books
“The whites have good structure,
especially the viognier. Reds are fullbodied, complex with ageing
potential. Well done!”
David Bird
Master of Wine, CChem, MRSC, MCQI,
RITU Sauvignon Blanc
Beautiful gold – green colour. The nose is fruity with a stony pastry flavour
and a little bit of sweet almond. The mouth is fizzy smooth. On the finish
this wine has a perfect balance of acidity and the typical perfume of
Sauvingnon.
RITU Blush
The colour is very attractive, quite vermillion. The nose has a bit of pastry
with an end of red fruit. The attach is balanced to explode on a fantastic
ripe fruit. This nose is amazingly long.
RITU Barrique Reserve Shiraz 2008
Bruno Paumard
Finalist Best Sommelier of UK in 1989 &
Author of best selling books on wine
The colour is deep purple with a hint of tile. The nose has a perfume of
spices, vanilla and dry prune fruit. The attach is smooth and subtle, to
explode on the perfume with a little dryness aromas at the end.
RITU Barrique Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
A very rich dark red-purple colour. The nose is little liquorish and fruity. The
mouth is round and very well-balanced with a very long after taste.
Events
London’s premium supermarket chain Waitrose
introduces Ritu Viognier
Press Clippings
Appeared in The i
Appeared in The Times
Appeared in Daily Telegraph
Appeared in The Daily Mail
Ritu Viognier featured in BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen Live
 Uk’s most popular TV programme on BBC
One with over 2 million hits and viewers.
 Chefs Cyrus Todiwala and Atul Kochhar
joined James Martin in the kitchen, and
wine expert Olly Smith presented his
choices to accompany the dishes
prepared in the studio.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALWVWTisPmc
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