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iXiGOers Jun 21 2013

Which are the famous Wine tasting destinations and vineyards in India?

Kshitiz Ahuja Jun 21 2013
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There are many famous vineyards and wine tasting destinations in India and especially in Nashik. It might be a splashy red or a soothing white, Wines are here to stay and there are many wine related service providers in many wine tasting destinations and vineyards vying to grab this upcoming dining market.

These wine tasting tours satisfy the customers and visitors are three levels: aromatic, visual and on the palate. Unlike most Western nations where wine is an essential part of everyday dining, Indian wines are still a part of exclusive fine dining experience affordable mostly to the selective elite or more recently to the upper middle class city folks. But the recent influx of these winemakers in the mainstream Indian Fine dining market has helped enlarge this market.

Best Wines with Indian Food

Most winemakers rubbish the claims that wines do not go well with Indian food because of its heady flavour. They suggest that a bottle of tannin is useful in toning down the spicy food most Indian diners prefer. A Shiraz pairs well with spicy mutton dishes, kebabs and aromatic biryanis. A sweet white wine can also be used to balance the spice in Indian food. For the avid vegetarians who like desi dishes like palak paneer, malai kofta etc a red Cabernet Syrah, is the best option. For those who like to stick to the classics; Italian Pasta is best served with Italian wine. As pastas go well with earthy and acidic wines, the red wine compliments most type of sauces.

For beginners whose taste palate isn't developed, try a dry white wine like Sauvignon Blanc, a Pinot Noir or a fruity red wine like Merlot. Indian- make wines like Grover's La Reserve red wine is currently holding the top wine slot in the domestic market and Fratelli' s Sette and Reveilo Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve are giving it stiff competition for the same. But Sula wines are now gaining recognition with the masses and its Sauvignon Blanc is right at home at high end banquet functions and even office parties!

All the vineyards try to make their tour a one of a kind experience and hence add several recreational activities to the tour like an open air barbecue which would complement the accompanying wines or a cycling tour of the vineyards property. These have contributed in making wine tasting in Nashik and Pune a viable weekend holiday option.

Indian Vineyards and Winemakers

Although the concept of wine tasting is in its nascent stage in India, there are many vineyards which have come up, primarily in the Nashik and Pune region. One of the attraction for those following the Nashik wine trail is that they can buy the wine in ready drinking condition, that too at the vineyard rate. So an average wine minus all the hefty taxes would come down to INR 400 to 800, which makes it very affordable. Some of the major ones are:

Sula Vineyards in Nashik, Maharashtra

Sula vineyards were the first wine producers to open a tasting back room in 2005. Sula has a membership program called Club Sula by virtue of which its members can draw attractive discounts on the product. Another hit amongst Sula fans is the Sulafest, a unique event which combines wine tasting tours and an annual music festival. It is soon becoming a must on every wine and music enthusiast's list.


Wine Tours India

Nashik is home to the growth of table grapes and is home to the nascent Indian wine industry. In the last fifteen years the wine production has grown multifolds. Indian wines are generally preferred as a drink-now wine and not matured like most other foreign produced wines. A tour in Nashik would range from INR 3000 to 8500 for individuals and INR 5000 to 13,000 for couples. They also conduct special tours in their vineyards in Mysore and Nandi Hills.


Zampa Vineyards (Nashik, Maharashtra)

The vineyards owned by Vallee de Vin is set in the picturesque surrounds of Sanjegaon smf invite the visitors to check out their brunch packages and then proceed for the wine tasting sessions. Zampa has also launched a new range titled 'One Tree Hill' which includes a Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin blanc and a Viognier blend.


Indus Wines

Set in the Igatpuri climbs of the Nashik region the vineyard is the first in India to use the gravitational forces to gently move the grape into various levels to become the fine wine. The winery boasts of a state-of-the-art wine making facilities and an underground cellar where they invite the patrons and visitors to taste their barrel aged wines. They also offer attractive lunch packages in combination to the wine tasting.


Fratelli Wines, Solapur , Pune

The picturesque vineyards of Nashik are an appealing location for a weekend getaway from Mumbai and Pune in the beautiful state of Maharashtra. Their Classic Chenin and Shiraz Rose are very popular options amongst the wide offerings. The winery also boasts of a high-end laboratory to test their own product.


Chateau D'Ori (Nashik-Dindori Road, Maharashtra)

This is Nashik's second largest winery and reflects the true Nashik wine culture in the unending vineyards rolling along the surrounding hills. They do a rare straight Merlot and the Cabernet Shiraz which is their speciality for the Indian market.


Wine Forays

One of the major services provided by Wine Forays are the private tastings with professional sommeliers who guide you through the entire process of wine making, from the grape vegetation to the bottling and final tasting. You could even organize office parties for employees or just a quiet session with your spouse. They even provide services to various restaurants and hotels to build up their wine lists to compliment food they have on offer.


Wine Appreciation Courses

For those who want to understand the nuances of wines, many companies have come up with courses, ranging from amateurs to professional ones. The Wine Society of India organizes courses for wine amateurs to get a literal and metaphorical taste of this liquor.

Tulleeho Wine Academy is an approved program provider through the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, London to provide courses in wine education in India. They conduct courses in Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi. There are three levels of courses ranging from INR 9000 to 75000 (exclusive of taxes).


Sonal Holland Wine Academy

The Academy hopes to combine the glamorous side of wine tasting with the nuances that any avid wine connoisseur should know. The foundation certificate course teaches the main styles of wine and their characteristics. their storage and retail and the very necessary - food and wine matching. The course ranges vary from INR 10,000 to 25,000 based on the level of course and the days involved.


Exciting Wine Apps!

Indian Wine List is a mobile application which targets young people and everything that you need to know about wines- is just one click away! It combines an extensive wine and food pairing catalogue with lists of wines best suited for occasions and even gifting!


While it is advantageous for any wine enthusiast to attend wine-tasting sessions and get acquainted with the various varieties of wine; but one should always remember to serve it at the right temperature and aesthetically so! The taste and Quality of the wine is determined by the temperature. While the white wine is served best when chilled, the red is better at the room temperature.

So invest in some gorgeous Burgundy glasses and serve a cool wine with your scrumptious food in the next gathering and make it a party to remember!

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