Since times immemorial, wine has attracted several followers, be it as wine makers or as consumers. The brothers from the three families across India and Italy who have promoted Fratelli Wines were no different. Thus the name Fratelli – meaning Brothers in Italian – was adopted by them to pursue their dream.
The Secci brothers, Andrea and Alessio, the Sekhri brothers, Kapil and Gaurav and the Mohite-Patil brothers, Ranjitsinh and Arjunsinh, nurtured in their hearts the desire to create a product made in India following Italian traditions which would meet international standards.
The promoter brothers were very clear in their mind that a good wine is made in the vineyards. Thus, they decided to plant their own vineyards, and most importantly, not to source grapes from vineyards over which they had no supervision as far as the viticulture was concerned.
Their passion, love and labour saw the birth of Fratelli Wines Private Limited, a modern winery located in Akluj, in the Solapur district, about 170 kms south of Pune. The winery holds today 58 tanks of varying capacity to make the various wines from their own estate covering an expanse of about 240 acres across three different sites at Motewadi, Garwad and Nimgaon.
The vineyards, planted with 13 different grape varieties imported from France, have been nurtured and tended to for four long years before the grapes harvested were used to make their very first wines. The viticultural and wine-making expertise has been provided by Piero Masi, a master wine-maker from the Tuscany region of Italy, well known the world over for its Chianti wines.
Piero Masi is justifiably renowned in Tuscany and more specifically the Chianti region, credited with production of some fabulous wines that are acclaimed by connoisseurs wherever wine is enjoyed. He is also attributed with the creation of the famous ‘Chianti Classico Casa Sola’. So refined is his art of winemaking that his wine brand ‘Fattoria dell’Agenda’ of 2004 and 2006 (100% Cabernet) were sold out even before bottling. Piero’s Italian heritage and a love of wine are reflected in his commitment towards Fratelli Wines, where he owns a small stake in the business.
In a true representation of the Indo-Italian collaboration, the company has partnered with various professionals from both India and Italy to create the winery and the vineyards. All the tanks, of a total capacity of 600,000 litres, have been imported from Velo, in Italy and the bottling plant, with a capacity of 1600 bph from GAI, Italy. The winery itself has been designed and built by the award winning firm of Sunil Patil and associates. The chilling plant, so critical to maintain the temperatures of the wines during and after fermentation, has been set up by Blue Star, refrigeration and air-conditioning experts from India.
With an eye to detail at every level, the Brothers from Fratelli Wines are confident that the products of their love and labour will please the consumers of wine, in India and the world alike. Come and share their love and passion for this magical drink called Wine.