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Karnataka Wine Board targets Rs 210 cr income in 2016

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Mumbai, Nov 25:  

The Karnataka Wine Board is targeting an income of around Rs 210 crore by the sale of wine in the State, according to T Somu, Managing Director of Karnataka Wine Board.

Addressing presspersons in Mangaluru on Friday, he said the board recorded an income of around Rs 193 crore from the sale of wine in the State during 2015-16. There is an increase of around 25-30 per cent in wine sales every year, he said.

There has been an increase in the volume of wine produced in the state after the implementation of Karnataka Grape Processing and Wine Policy in 2007. The state produced around 5 lakh litres of wine in 2005-06. The volume went up to 1 crore litre in 2015-16, he said.

The area under wine grape production has increased from 500 acres in 2005-06 to 2000 acres in 2015-16. The state has 17 wineries, 190 wine taverns and 39 wine boutiques, he said.

Stating that the board will be organising a wine festival in Mangaluru from November 26-28, Ravindra Shankar Mirje, Chairman of the Karnataka Wine Board, said that it has conducted wine festivals in Belagavi, Mysore, Madikeri and Bengaluru till now. It will conduct festivals in Davangere, Hubballi and Tumakuru in the coming days.

Yogesh HR, Deputy Director of Horticulture, Mangaluru, said that representatives of 12 wineries from Karnataka and Maharashtra will participate in the Mangaluru Wine Festival. More than 150 brands will be showcased during the three-day event.

The festival will also have technical session on wine grape cultivation, he said.

(This article was published on November 25, 2016)

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