India

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Maharashtra is India's third-largest state and its capital, Mumbai, is the country's largest city. The vast majority of Indian wine is made in the state, particularly in the farmland surrounding the Western Ghats mountain range. Light, easy-going wines are made here from grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc.

The state covers around 310,000 square kilometers (120,000 square miles) on the western edge of the Indian Peninsula. Its major topographical feature is the Deccan Plateau, which rises on the eastern side of the Western Ghats. The wine-producing state of Karnataka is directly to the south of Maharashtra.