The MIDC has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and four major wine agencies of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The MoU will help in setting up a wine development project which will include a service centre to train wine-makers in all aspects of viticulture, involving the cultivation expertise to develop suitable grape wine varieties, besides marketing of the wines.
The agreement would help in setting up facilities that will guide local wineries in backward and forward integration of their businesses. Upgradation of the facilities would also be carried out at the National Research Centre for Grapes, Pune, and Wine Institute, Sangali.
Grapes are cultivated on 60,000 hectares across the country and the annual production is 16 lakh million tonnes. In Maharashtra, total area under grape cultivation is 40,000 hectares with annual production of 11 lakh million tonnes. Nasik, Sangli, Solapur, Pune, Ahmednagar, Latur, Osmanabad and Satara are main grape producing districts in the State. The State produces about 95 lakh litres wine annually and the turnover is about Rs 150 crore.