Imagine walking through acres of grape plantations surrounded by mountains with a glass of your favourite wine in hand...It could make you feel a bit like Keanu Reeves in the Hollywood romance A Walk In The Clouds shot in and around Napa Valley, California. But the wine tour comes right here in India.
To create awareness about wine, various web portals and vineyards are organising wine tours. Web portal www.thewineclub.com organises wine tours in Nashik, known as the wine capital of India because of its vineyards. “Our wine tour is called the Vineyard Discovery programme. We take guests to various vineyards like those of Sula, York, Zampa and even the lesser known Mountain View vineyard, where we tell the guests about wine and the intricate process of winemaking,” says Avijit Barman, the organiser, “Then at every vineyard, wine tasting sessions are also organised and you can taste some of the best wines of Nashik valley for free,” he adds.Indus Wines vineyard, which started its winery in July 2005, also organises such trips. Another wine tour in Nashik is organised by Oaks Wine Tours, a relatively new player.
“We have just started. Usually people come to Nashik and, after a day, they don’t have much to do here; so we decided to organise this tour that can give them an experience which is different, entertaining and informative,” says Harpreet J. Singh, the promoter of the tour.
The tours usually take guests to various vineyards located in and around Nashik. The visitors meet wine educators, who welcome guests by offering them a variety of wines made there and show them the process as well. And the guests are allowed to go for long walks in the vineyards.
“I’ve been having wine for a long time and wanted to know more about the drink. When I got to know about this tour, I thought this will be a good way to see everything and also enjoy a weekend away from Mumbai. So I got my family along with me too,” says Mumbai-based Andrew Williams, who was part of the Vineyard Discovery programme.