If the festive excess wasn’t enough, Mumbaikars can now look forward to at least two good reasons to swirl and twirl early this year. With the beginning of the year, comes the harvest season at vineyards. And Nashik, the wine capital of the country is carrying the celebrations forward.
City tipplers can now mark their calendar with two wine and music festivals— SulaFest and York Live, which will take place, starting end of this month. "The weather’s great and it coincides with the vintage season, so we decided to host the festival and celebrate the kick-starting of another year’s wine making," says Ravi Gurnani, owner of owner York Winery, York Live.
Gurnani’s festival, now in its second edition, follows a similar format of giving attendees a good supply of music and wine, like the popular Sula Fest in the same vicinity. "Comparisons have been there since the beginning, but ours is a more intimate setting," says Gurnani, adding, "We don’t wish to make it a crowded affair, we won’t go above the 1,000-1,500 mark."
Sula Fest, on the other hand, wishes to keep the wine flowing. In its fifth edition, the wine festival grows on to accommodate two days of festivities, instead of one. "This year we have expanded the area of the festival," says Rajeev Samant, founder and CEO of Sula Vineyards, who is expecting as many as 7,000 visitors this year.
Ask him what he plans to do about complaints of overcrowding last year and Samant says, "The area is much bigger, so it wouldn’t be as packed. We have taken care of other logistics like portable toilets etc." Among the highlights of this year’s SulaFest, besides the wine-crushing do, is the line-up of musicians. "We have tied up with Blue Frog this year. Programming is not our forte, so we decided to let the masters take care of it," he says, adding, "Indian-British musician Nitin Sawhney will make his debut with our festival. There are a variety of local artistes and one even from Africa."
York Live will take place on January 21, entry Rs 900.
Sula Fest will take place on February 4 and 5. Entry Rs 1,000 for a one-day pass.