Do you love wines? Do you love visiting vineyards? Today's article is dedicated to all my wine-loving friends and readers. A peek into the top vineyards in India.
Wine tourism in India has flourished in recent times. Urbanization on a large scale is influencing a change in the lives of modern men. An inclination to wine and a tour in the vineyards are now trending among travelers. The history of winemaking in India dates long back to the advent of the Indus Valley Civilization. Yet it did not gain substantial prominence due to the multiple influences of various dynasties and cultures in ancient India.
So without further ado, let me start a short virtual tour to the top vineyards in India.
Sula Vineyards in Nashik, Maharashtra
Sula Vineyards is one of the best and fabulous vineyards in India. The quantity of wine produced from the place captures the majority of the wine market share in India; about 70% to 80%. Spread across a huge area of about 3000 acres, the vineyard was established in the year 1996. The typical wine products produced in the vineyard range from white wine to red wine. The prominent among them being as Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Zinfandel Rosé, Brut Tropicale, Seco, Dia Red, Satori Merlot, and Cabernet Shirza. You can opt for a tour around the vineyard witnessing the wine-making process and tasting some of the exotic wines. The vineyard tours start from 11:30 AM till 6:30 PM.
The vineyard hosts the famous Sula festival; the greatest wine tour in India wrapped with unlimited fun and enjoyment. The festival is held every year during February. Two restaurants, one serving exquisite Italian dishes and the other Indian delicacies, are present near the vineyard. Besides, you can also stay at Beyond, the curated vineyard resort.
Grover Zampa Vineyards in Bengaluru, Karnataka
Grover Zampa Vineyards is one of the oldest vineyards in India. Spread across 400 acres, it was established in the year 2012. In 2019, it expanded further by acquiring Charosa vineyards and Four Seasons wines. Viticulturists Georges Vesselle and Kanwal Grover, iconic in growing French grape varieties in India, were instrumental in creating the vineyard. Its premium wine varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Shiraz reds. Its wine qualities earned the vineyard an award in the category of premium wines.
You can opt for a tour along its vineyard. There are 3 tours conducted in a day, one at 10:30 AM, the second at 2:30 PM, and the third at 4 PM. The view of the mystic Nandi Hills with its enthralling beauty, from the vineyard, is something which you must not miss.
Fratelli Wines in Solapur, Maharashtra
Fratelli Wines is a joint venture of India and Italy. Established in 2007, it produces the finest wines in the country. The pioneers of the brand are the Secci brothers from Italy, the Sekhri brothers from Delhi, and the Mohite-Patil brothers from Solapur, Maharashtra. The word “Fratelli” means brothers, a rightful name considering the partnership of three pairs of brothers. Spread across an area of 240 acres of land, it is one of the biggest vineyards in India.
Just like other vineyards, it offers a wine tour where you can taste some of its best white, red and sparkling wines. Its specialties are Chenin Blanc, Sette reserve red, Chardonnay, and Sangiovese Bianco. It is good to stay overnight at one of their luxurious accommodations and enjoy the delectable wines coupled with the magnificent view of the surrounding landscape. Fratelli wines have 2 more branches at Motewadi and Garwar, similar to the main branch at Solapur.
Soma Vineyards in Sonnenahalli, Karnataka
If you want to visit a vineyard with mystic scenery and a vivid environment, then you must hop into the Soma Vineyards. It is one of the most scenic vineyards in India enriched with nature's magnificent wonders. Spread across an area of 100 acres of land, it is smaller than the big vineyards mentioned above yet gorgeous in its own way. Established in 2002, the pristine location is circumference by the sparkling Gundamagere lake on one side, and the grand Makali hill on another side.
The special varieties of wine produced by the vineyard are Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz. They even offer wine tours from 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM when you can taste some of their exclusive wines. Since the tour timings are limited, it is recommended to book ahead one day. Various weddings and other cultural events are also held at the vineyards.
Chateau Indage Vineyard in Narayangaon, Maharashtra
The establishment of Chateau Indage Vineyard is attributed to Shyamrao Chowgule. The location is alluring being surrounded by the gorgeous Sahyadri Valley, lush greenery, and captivating weather. It is one of the significant vineyards in India. There are 2 more branches of Chateau Indage vineyard, one at Nashik and another at Himachal Pradesh. The wine connoisseurs can enjoy wine tours during the weekends. The 2-hour tour duration offers wine tasting opportunities and also dining at their cafe and bar. The vineyard produces almost 32 varieties of wine, all experimented and researched at the Champagne Technologies of France.
Besides wine tasting and tour, you can also walk along its widespread lands adorned with sugarcane trees and sweet corn plants. You can even stay at some of their cottages and enjoy the scenic landscape.
Chandon Vineyards in Dindori, Maharashtra
Chandon Vineyards is one of the fabulous vineyards in India. With its branches spread across 22 cities in the country, it has been a pioneer in producing some of the finest wine varieties. Established in 2014 at the backdrop of the quaint Nashik foothills, it is a pleasure visiting the vineyards. Winner of The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships and Decanter World Wine Awards in 2020, the vineyard stands in parallel competing with the biggest vineyards in India.
You have to prior book for wine tours. The specialties of the Chandon Vineyards are Rose and Brut wines. The wines are specially curated considering the sub-tropical climate of India.
Hope you have enjoyed reading about the spectacular vineyards in India. Have you visited any of them? Do share your experience and I would be happy to collaborate if you want us to cover any of your favorable vineyards.
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