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5 Wine Tours in India You Must Indulge In

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Wine is a drink that essentially requires the indulgence of most of your senses. Wine is not just a drink it’s an experience. You must see, smell and then sip this heavenly potion to experience its magic completely. Well, visiting a vineyard and seeing the whole magic behind creating such flavorsome wine unfurl is something that must experience at least once in a lifetime. I know we all love sipping on those exotic wines and going to those amazing wine tasting events but wouldn’t it be awesome if we could see how those magic potions in pretty glass bottles come into existence?

India has been producing wines for quite some time now. The making of wine is known as Viticulture and it is believed to have been introduced in India by traders from Persia years ago. Ancient Indian texts also have a mention of an alcoholic beverage which may have been wine and were known as Sura. Madhu, another alcoholic drink prepared from grape juice finds its mention in the writings of Chanakya as well. In the following years of Rajput and Mughal rule wine and several other alcoholic beverages found a widespread consumption amongst the elite. Later port-wine was introduced by the Portuguese who migrated to Goa in western India.

India has some amazing vineyards that could give vineyards around the world a run for their money. If you are a wine aficionado or just an amateur starting your wine experience, then you must pay a visit to some of these amazing vineyards in India.

1. Sula Vineyards, Nashik

5 Wine Tours in India You Must Indulge In-1 The Sula Vineyards probably tops the list because of its exquisite beauty and also because it has become a preferred choice amongst the wine connoisseurs of India. Sula offers an array of wines that can turn every wine teetotaller into a wine connoisseur. Even better is the fact that Sula gives an opportunity to all music and wine enthusiasts to combine the two in its annual two-day festival called The Sulafest. Sulafest is organised every year within the Sula Vineyards and offers the guests an exclusive experience of musical concerts, wine stomping, wine tasting and other such amazing activities. The Vineyard also has a 32-room resort called Beyond. If you want a more intimate experience with wine, vineyards and viticulture then this is the place you must head to for an unforgettable experience.

2. Chateau Indage Estate Vineyards, Narayangaon Maharashtra.

5 Wine Tours in India You Must Indulge In-2 Home to the finest varieties of wine such as Chardonnay and Cabaret Sauvignon, this vineyard is also the only producer of bottle fermented wines in Asia. Chateau Indage is located in Narayan Gaon which is 85 km away from Pune. The weekends are the perfect time to visit this vineyard for a 30-minute wine tour that is offered to the guests to enlighten them about the varieties of wine produced here and also for some gourmet wine tasting. Red, white or sparkling, whatever your palate craves, you name it and they have it here at Chateau Indage. Alluring much?

3. Grover Vineyards, Nandi Hills

5 Wine Tours in India You Must Indulge In-3 Nandi Hills in Bangalore is the abode of this breathtaking vineyard along the slanting landscapes of this region. Best known for white, red and rose wines, the Grover Vineyards are one of the best locations to visit around Bangalore. This Vineyard produces some of the best varieties of Cabaret Sauvignon, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc wines.

4. Fratelli Wines, Akluj

5 Wine Tours in India You Must Indulge In-4 Akluj is located at a distance of 175 km from Pune and is home to the Fratelli Vineyard known for its European style vineyards and produces some of the finest red, white, rose and port wines. A wine tour at the Fratelli vineyards can give you a wonderful opportunity to discover the scenic locales of this area as well as taste the finest Cabaret Franc, Shiraz, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Sangiovese wines.

5. Chateau d’Ori, Dindori

5 Wine Tours in India You Must Indulge In-5 Dindori is located in Madhya Pradesh but is very close to Nashik and is home to one of the most scenic vineyards in India. Chateau d’Ori is also known for the largest Merlot plantation in the country. Apart from wine tasting and wine making the visitors here can engage in a number of other activities such as boating and watersports. What is commendable about this vineyard is that it is absolutely eco-friendly and makes use of windmills to harness the energy of the winds to generate power. The wines that are famous are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabaret Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Chenin Blanc.

Now that you know about the hotspots of wine making and tasting in the country, what are you still waiting for? It is time for some ticking off the bucket list people!

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