Sample different vines, take a tour of the vineyard and enjoy a luxurious stay. Benjamin Franklin and once rightly said, ‘Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy’. If you are a wine aficionado, you have to visit these vineyards in the country and experience the entire process of how the grape transforms into your entire drink. Read 6 Vineyards in India every Wine lover must visit.
1. Sula Vineyards
Perhaps the most popular Indian wine brand, Sula vineyard is more than just a vineyard. Right from holding the annual Sula fest to having annual New Year parties and a resort called Beyond, Sula is an experience for wine lovers. Sip wine as you sit overlooking the vineyard, take a tour of the place and try the different varieties in a tasting season. And, if you crave for something more, eat a SOLEIL by a La Plage, a popular restaurant in Goa which is now at Sula as well.
Where: Gat 36/2, Govardhan Village, off Gangapur- Savargaon road, Nashik 422 222.
With grapes imported all the way from France, Fratelli has some award-winning wines produced at it vineyard and winery. An Indo-Italian venture, Fratelli was set up in 2007 with the intention to produce the best wines in the country. Collaboration between three families along with the viticulture and wine-making expertise of Piero Masi, a master winemaker from Tuscany, the partnership aims to bring in Italian winemaking tradition coupled with the best that the Indian wine terrain has to offer. Located in Solapur, it offers several packages to wine enthusiasts. These range from one day tours to ‘rent a vineyard’ package for a large group.
Where: Gat no 131, Zanjewadi Taluka: Malshiras, Dist. Solapur 413 107.
3. Charosa Vineyards
This vineyard will remind you of the ones in Tuscany complete with contemporary architecture and surrounded by hills, valleys, and forests. The unique way of making wines using special equipment’s like open tank fermenters is a first in India. It lends them a different taste than others. The creation of fine Charosa wine is based on the true fusion of science and art. The use of super specialty equipment, such as inert gas press, ensures that only the best quality juice is used for the winemaking process. This labor with love is all to create an Indian wine brand that is on par with the best internationally.
Where: Gat no 140, 122 & 123 Charosa Village Dindori Taluka, Nashik.
4. Chateau D’ ori
Another Vineyard in Nashik, Chateau d’Ori is quite picturesque. It has three artificial lakes, a farmhouse and a winery at the property. The vineyard models along the lines of vineyards in Bordeaux under the guidance of a famed oenologist from there. Strongly flavored with a spicy and peppery nose, this deeply colored, slightly fatty wine is a typical Syrah from the vineyards. The wine is intense with a rich and chewy texture displaying a spicy aroma of berries. It goes well with grilled meats and vegetables, richly flavored stew and pizzas.
Where: Turn right along the Wakhed- Palkhed canal and travel another 2km turning once more right towards the hill of Nehra- Ori to reach the estate.
5. Grover Zampa
The two wine producers merged in 2012 to give Sula some competition and have two wineries in India-. One is in Nashik and one in Bangalore. If you are a wine connoisseur, visit their vineyard in Nandi Hills. Here you can go for wine tours lasting over three hours. Their wines achieve perfection through a high-end multi-stage process. Right from the careful selection of grapes from the vineyards to the meticulous processing in the winery, it is all safe. Necessary measures like maintaining delicacy in crushing of grapes, stabilizing the temperature and regular pumping during fermentation and maceration can be ensured to give wines its supreme quality. They also have the perfect blend of aroma and taste. Visit their barrel room and sample different wines they have an offer. Book Cheap Tickets to Bangalore at Flipfares.com.
Where: Gat no 967/1026, at Post Sanjegaon, Taluka Igatpuri, Nashik.
63, Raghunathpura, Doddaballapur, Bangalore Dist. 561203.
6. Four Seasons
90 minutes away from Pune, Four season’s vineyard has a restaurant with wine and food pairings, a spa, swimming pool, a party deck and 14 rooms. Taste the freshness of spring, the seductiveness of summer, the crispness of fall, and the zest of winter in our international award-winning wines. It is modeled on a French château and surrounded by sprawling vineyards. This winery is the ideal setting for the art of winemaking. The vineyard will soon be open for tourists but you can request for a tour on their website.
Where: Roti, Taluk Daund, Baramati, Pune 413 102.