City folks have a very heady month in store. Come February and vineyards around Mumbai’s outskirts will be overflowing with people stomping grapes and grooving to the music. In its fourth edition, Sula Wine Festival promises to be gala affair. “It’s a great way to spend your day with music, wine and chocolate,” says marketing head, Sunila Duggal.
And the revelry will continue through the month with Nashik hosting another wine festival around the month-end. The brainchild of Ravi Gurnani, director of York Winery, The York Live Fest will make its first appearance on the wine-and-dine calendar. “Since the grape crushing to vintage process begins around February every year, we thought we could offer people a taste of wine-making,” says Gurnani. Unaffected by another festival in the month, Gurnani adds, “Sula has been there for years. Since it’s our first year, the scale of our festival will not be as big as Sula. We are looking at about 500 people,” he says.
Besides the swirl, smell, sip routine, carnival-goers at both the festivals can look forward to live performances by bands such as Shaa’ir N Func and Mayvns at York Live. Other highlights here include electronica act Jalebee Cartel and American one-man band, Rodney Branigan. “Rodney has the ability to play three instruments at one time, which is just fascinating,” adds an excited Gurnani. At Sula, the headlining acts this year include Pentagram and Midival Punditz, Petri Dish Project, Something Relevant and Tough on Tobacco.
And while Gurnani promises a complete carnival experience with an array of food and wine tasting in store, Duggal’s team is working on offering the ultimate indulgence. “We will have an Indulgence Lounge, where we’ll pair Bournville dark chocolate with wine as people enjoy a foot massage,” she signs off.