Close on the heels of Union government move to draft a separate policy to promote wine industry, an MoU was signed in Pune on Friday between The Adeliade University, Australia and Champagne Indage Ltd to set up Indian Institute of Vine and Wine, the first of its kind institute in Asia, offering all aspects of professional training in wine sector.
The MoU was signed by Shamrao Chougule - who set up his wine-manufacturing unit almost 25 years back - and Prof John Taplin, Vice Chancellor of Adelaide University.
After signing the MoU, John Taplin described the event as historic for Indian wine industry. "We will extend all the cooperation to the proposed institute right from growing proper grapes, to marketing", Taplin said.
South Australia is one of the producers of best wine in the world.
The proposed institute, which is expected to start within next two years, plans faculty exchanges, students and various experiments to produce best kind of wine in the world. The institute plans to offer all of kind exposure to the students by the cooperation.
Taplin said that various courses e.g. diploma, graduate and post-graduate will be offered to the students.
He said that wine consumption in India was doubling every year. "India has potential to export wine besides domestic consumption", he said.
Chougule, who initiated the idea said that shortage of expert manpower was the main problem in running wine industry. "This is happening when the number of wine manufacturing units in Maharashtra alone is likely to reach 100 from 70 in the past", he said.