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Wine a bit: Five vineyards to check out in India

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“Life’s too short to not drink or at least taste a wine” – Anonymous

Wine making in India started around 5000 years ago, during the Mughal rule. At present, Indian vineyards are some of the finest destinations for Enotourism of our country. Although wine tasting is a relatively new concept in India, the wineries have left no stone unturned to offer the best experience to the oenophiles and cub tasters alike.

Here’s an uncorking guide to the top 6 vineyards and wineries in India.

1. Sula Vineyards, Nashik

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Launched in the year 2000, Sula’s is one of the best known Indian wine brands, and its expansive vineyards in Nashik are a delight for every wine lover. The winery and vineyards are open to the public for educational tours, wine tasting and India’s premier music, wine and food festival – Sula Fest. It also offers accommodation at a gorgeous resort located at a short distance from the winery. Ever since the establishment of Sula Vineyards, its has gained a nation-wide recognition and produces some of the superior quality wines such as Zinfandel, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and lots more.

2. Fratelli Wines, Akunj

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Located in Akunj, this vineyard is spread across 240 acre estate and is home to over 12 varieties of grapes. The serene beauty of the vineyards makes it an ideal destination for wine tourism, and attracts thousands of wine lovers throughout the year. Guests are treated to tour the testing laboratories and cellars, and made to taste 5 different types of wines. The winery also boasts of an accommodation, where one can stay in comfort and luxury. Some of the popular wines produced here are Chenin Blanc, Sangiovese Bianco, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Petit Verdot.

3. Grover Vineyards, Nandi Hills

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Owning to the pleasant weather and favourable conditions, Bangalore produces some of the best quality grapes in India. This makes these vineyards a favourite wine touring destination among travellers. The vineyards are located at the foothills of Nandi Hills and are among the leading producers of red, white and rose wines in India.

4. Chateau d’Ori, Dindori

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The wine connoisseurs who want to indulge in luxury wine tours in India must head to Chateau d’Ori. This winery is embedded with the finest methods of wine making, and touring this place is an experience of a lifetime. The vineyard is spread across 200-acre land and consists of 3 artificial lakes, luxury farmhouses and wine tasting lounges. Head here to taste Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc wine.

5. Chateau Indage Estate Vineyards, Narayangaon

A name synonymous to wine making in India, Chateau Indage Estate Vineyard produces 32 different varieties of wines. Visit to this winery includes a 30-minute tour of the vineyards and tasting some of the best varieties of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. One can also get to savor Malbec, Viognier, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Muscadet, Semillon and Chenin Blanc. If a guest wants to stay for a night, there are guesthouses and restaurants within the premises to offer complete comfort to them.

Happy wine hopping to you!

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Srishti is a writer by profession and a dreamer by choice. She loves experimenting with her space and her looks. Being an avid animal lover, she plans on being a part of Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation in near future.

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