Ambassador visits Moët Hennessy’s Domaine Chandon vineyard & Pernod Ricard distillery
Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, visits Moët Hennessy’s Domaine Chandon vineyard and Pernod Ricard distillery for an overview of France’s Make in India initiatives in the agricultural sector in Nashik.
Nashik, 19 November 2018
The Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, today visited Nashik to gain a first-hand experience of Make in India projects by French companies in the agricultural sector in the city.
Now emerging as India’s Napa Valley, Nashik is home to the vineyards and distillery of two leading French luxury brands, Moët and Chandon, famous for champagne and premium sparkling wines, and Pernod Ricard, global co-leader in wines and spirits.
Ambassador Ziegler was given a guided tour of the Domaine Chandon vineyard and winery by Mr Stephane de Meurville, Managing Director - Moët Hennessy India, and Mr Rajnish Singh, Estate Director. The Nashik team showcased Chandon’s philosophy of bringing its expertise in winemaking to new territories, combining its French heritage with the local culture – as it has done in its previous domains outside the Champagne region: Argentina, California, Brazil, Australia, and China. An international team of experts from the various Chandon regions has worked together since its establishment in Nashik in 2013 with the local winemaking team. The Chandon India fermentation rooms are along the lines of the best in France’s Champagne region, while its bottling process is completely automated.
The next on the trail was Pernod Ricard India, which has 32 bottling plants and two grain spirit distilleries in India – one being in Nasik – employing around 600 workers, 180 of whom are women due to the French company’s proactive policy. Received by Mr Girard-Reydet, Managing Director - Pernod Ricard India, and Mr P. Sriram, Vice-President - Manufacturing India, the French Ambassador toured the distillery, which, guided by a spirit of innovation and sustainable development, uses the latest relevant technologies to ensure zero pollution. He was also briefed on Pernod Ricard’s social responsibility campaigns, which include responsible consumption and the dangers of alcoholism, promoted among the youth and thousands of airport taxi drivers.