The start of the Indus Valley Civilisation bought with it grapevines from Persia and this sparked off the evolution of wine in India. And boy, are we thankful! Several gradual innovations later, wine tourism in India has gained recognition and now there are numerous gorgeous vineyards just a vacation away.
So be part of wine tourism in India - go around the vineyards and witness the art of winemaking, do some wine tasting while relishing the most delicious cheese and gourmet food, stay at the boutique resorts and enjoy a memorable and giddy holiday! Visiting vineyards could even be a healthy vacation because a glass of wine every now and then is recommended for good health.
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India's wine capital, Sula Vineyards, is enveloped by the freshest air and the most stunning of sights. With wine tasting rooms serving a wide range of wines - from the local vineyards as well as from Tuscany in Italy, Champagne in France, Chile, Argentina and South Africa - wine-based spa treatments, a Greek-style amphitheatre and more, Sula Vineyards offers a promising leisure vacation.
Spend a romantic evening in the resort with your loved one and a glass of wine (same thing?) by going for a swim in their private pool that overlooks Gangapur Lake. Follow it up with a scrumptious meal at their restaurants where you can pair your wine either with some delicious Italian food or the traditional Indian cuisine. The vineyard has its own garden, so you can have a farm-to-table experience.
Known as India's Napa Valley, Nashik offers lands to other wineries like Chateau d'Ori, York Winery, Vallonne Vineyards and Vintage Wines.
Accentuated by the beauty of the Nandi Hills, Grover Zampa has a commendable collection of wines; they get their distinctive flavour, richness and aroma from the limestone soil of the region.
The entire winemaking process - selecting fine-quality grapes, crushing, filtering, processing, fermentation, storage and packaging - at Grover Zampa is monitored by the world-famous wine consultant, Michel Rolland, which adds a distinctive touch to the process. If you go in a large group, minimum of 10 people, then you can request a session of grape stomping which can be a lot of fun.
Spend a day at Grover Zampa and let the relaxing music and ambiance transport you to a realm of peace while you relish balanced and earthy wines paired with a wonderful lunch buffet.
Others vineyards in Bangalore are Heritage Winery and Bangalore Soma Vineyards. You could also visit KRSMA Vineyards located on the iron-rich soil of Hampi Hills where wine tours are arranged on request.
Fratelli Wines, Indo-Italian venture, is a state of the art winery and has set a new benchmark for Indian wines worldwide! With the intention of bringing the best of wine the Indian terrain has to offer, three families - Sekhri brothers from Delhi, Secci brothers from Italy and the Mohite-Patil brothers from Akluj - come together to offer the most reasonable packages for accommodation, wine tours and wine tasting; the hospitality is out of the world so it is recommended you spend a night here and enjoy the facilities.
Wine samplings are imported from Italy and France and the wines are processed and tested in a fully equipped high-tech laboratory. The wines include barrel-aged red wine, barrel-fermented white wine, sparkling wine and rosé. You can't help but stock up your wine collection while at Fratelli Wines, so go nuts!
Learn everything about wine, from wine vocabulary to the ageing of wine, at Four Seasons Vineyard while touring the lush Sahyadri of Maharashtra and tasting sophistication from a bottle. Stroll through the barrel rooms and learn about the harvesting, crushing and fermenting of succulent grapes. End your educating tour with some oak barrel-aged fruity wines.
Enjoy the vineyard trails and tasting rooms during the day and at the night enjoy the luxuries of the swimming pool, spa, party deck, terrace and top-notch stay. The restaurant at Four Seasons offers delectable dishes paired with the perfect glass of wine.
Other vineyards around Pune are Chateau Indage, Moonshine Meadery and Rhythm Winery.
Here you have it, the best destinations for wine enthusiasts in India. Have one of the healthiest and tastiest vacations at these gorgeous vineyards!