From Shiraz to Rose: Indian vineyards invite you to taste their wines

Winemaking in India dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization (3300-1300 BCE), but modern winemaking in India gained popularity in the 1980s and 1990s, according to industry experts. A change in lifestyle and taste and increasing urbanization have paved the way for wine tourism in India over the past decade.

Indian vineyards are not only known for their red and white wines, but also for their magnificent estates nestled in lush green surroundings and rolling hills. So why not take a “wine retreat” when you’re looking for comfort for mind and body? Most wineries offer wine tours and tasting opportunities.

Here is a list of vineyards in India to discover.

York Winery, Nashik

York Winery in Nashik sits on the gradual slope of a verdant hill with a small lake to the side. They produce wines such as Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc. They are one of the few Chardonnay producers in India. At the Cellar Door restaurant, you can enjoy Indian cuisine that pairs well with York wines.

Soma Vineyards, Bangalore

Bordered by Makali Hill and Gundamagere Lake, Soma Vineyards near Bengaluru is not only a favorite of wine connoisseurs, but its picturesque setting has also made it a popular wedding destination. The vineyard offers a four-hour tour during which you can taste some of the estate’s wines.

Grover Zampa, Bangalore and Nashik Vineyards

Grover Zampa Vineyards has two locations in India – one near Bangalore in the scenic Nandi Hills of Raghunathapura and another in Nashik, the wine-growing center of India. You can learn about the winemaking process and taste wine on their guided tour, which is offered three times a day.

Chandon, Nashik

Moët Hennessy began its Indian journey by establishing Chandon in Nashik. The vineyard is located on 21 acres of land near Nashik. The winery is a highly sought-after destination as much as its exquisite Brut and Rosé wines. Wine tours are available. There is also a tasting room.

Nandi Valley Winery, Bengaluru

The Nandi Valley Winery is a favorite weekend spot, often for its grape stomping and music. Three-hour wine tours cover everything from wine history to bottling. Lunch and tastings are also included, and you can select which wines to taste. The winery produces a wide range of wines, but is best known for its flagship brand Kinvah, named after a drink from the Mauryan era.

To note: Most wineries require pre-booking of tours, tasting sessions, and stay.

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