Wine deserves to be celebrated. India’s Wine Festivals bring the humble grape to cool crowds of discerning drinkers. Gorgeous backdrop with stunning view plays host to this offbeat grape-weekend. Cosy Tours and stimulating Tasting paired up with Music or Art Festival promises a superlative carnival. This year dump the hill and beaches for innovative Wine-Weekends. The best thing about memories is that you get to create them and this time let Wine do the job.
Take a trip to the Sula Vineyards Nashik for an experience which is splendid. The Sula Fest packs a weekend of World Music, Gourmet Food, Wines, Spirits and tones of cheer. The bliss-curriculum begins with sampling quality Sula Wines coupled with a stunning variety of different parts of the world. 30 Gourmet Food options wait to be devoured at Soleil, the exclusive restaurant in the vineyards. The menu features dishes made with organic produce from the farms. And when you are happy-high you can take a shopping spree at the Sula Fest Bazar followed by this super relaxing foot massage. Do not miss out on the quintessential Vineyard experiences like Grape Stomping and tasting Tour. Musicians across all genres get to perform at this brilliant stage. This includes likes of English-Spanish Electro Folk Bands to Electro Swing Pioneers to our very own Bollywood Music Ace. This must be one rejuvenating fiesta.
When: Usually in February
Destination: 36/2, Govardhan Village, Nashik
Wine-high: Tent City Stay amidst the Vineyard, 5min walking distance from the festival site.
Taj Group of Hotels pioneered Wine Festival in the hotel industry with much charm. With successful editions, this remarkable treat combines two days of celebration of premium Wines in an exquisite setting. A vast array of 80-90 Wine labels gets together to whip up a sparkling storm. The opening day usually sees Grand Tasting Spree where international wineries showcase their repertoire and Winery experts take the attendees through their gorgeous Vineyards. Apart from tasting, masterclass is held by a notable panel of Wine Advocates. The gala event is concluded with Black-tie dinner. Lavishness personified!!
When: Usually in February
Destination: Various Properties of Taj Hotels in India.
Wine-High: Premium Wine Tasting Session
Organized by the Goa Department of Tourism and Goa Tourism Development Corporation, the Grape Escapade is all about raining Vino, Food and Festivities. Traditional Grape Stomping and Exclusive Wine Tasting are obvious key highlights. Grape Escapade Queen Contest graces the occasion with tones of glam. Live entertainment with a special emphasis on Goan Music is a unique experience. The romantic setting of Goa adds on to the festival.
When: Usually in February
Where: DB Bandodkar Ground, Campal, Panaji, Goa
Wine-Sigh: The Beach Setting
Just when you thought wine sensation gets over with Sula Fest, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation thought otherwise!!! For the first time ever, MTDC organized Vine & Wine Festival to promote Agro Tourism. 72 brilliant Wine varieties ranging from Pernod Ricard to Soma Wines to Grover Zampa wait to be relished. Get your Wine craving sorted with Tastings, Vineyard Tour with a Viticulturist, the religious Grape Stomping, Hot Air Balloon Tour, Folk Dances and Live Music with Indie Artists. The jamboree is wrapped up with Grape Carnival Rally and a road show parade with chariots, bikes and elephants.
When: Ongoing Till 11th March
Destination: Vallone Vineyards and Vinchur Wine Park
Wine-high: 72 kinds of Wine are up for relish
Bandra Wine Festival delights wine enthusiasts like no other. Swaying palms hosts this beautiful outdoor gala affair. Indian and International Wines are featured in the most premium form. Grape Stomping, Tasting, Winery Stalls, Food Court and Flea Market are must-dos. Each visitor is pampered with 8 tastings coupled with a platter of 8 varieties of Cheese. Couple Grape Stomping adds a dash of love. This is one adventurous Festival which is all about drinking for leisure, relish and memories.
When: 10th-11th March
Destination: D’ Monte Park Recreation Centre, Perry Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai
Wine-High: Wine and Cheese Tasting
With two successful editions, The Great Grover Wine Festival has become coveted annual wine affair. Organized in association with Grover Zampa Vineyards, India’s oldest and most awarded brand, this one is about to become an institution. It brings together an interesting mix of wine, music and arts. As far as the envious reserve is concerned, you get to relish Celebrity Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection, La Reserve, Chene Grand Reserve and Art collection. Premium sparkling wines like Soiree and Brut Rose make an appearance too. When Art and Sculpture are not keeping you occupied, visit the Flea Market for shopping and food. The festival makes way for an extraordinary music line up including Live Karaoke, Sufi Performance, Rock and Pop Band Gig along with Stand-Up Comedy.
Where: Near Hebbal, Thanisandra Main Road, Chokkanahalli, Bangalore
Wine-High: Heady Combination of Art & Wine
Have we heard of Cherry Blossoms? Perhaps we have. The delicate White, Pink and Red indigenous Himalayan Trees that grow wild in Himalaya and Shillong decided to raise a toast to them. Organized by the State Government with the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, over 3000 saplings were planted. Such a gorgeous setting gets to host the festival which accommodates Night Walks, Rock Concerts, Storytelling Sessions of local folklore, Bicycle rallies, Archery Contests and amateur Gold Tournament. Then why does it feature in Wine Festival? Hang on peeps!! Special Wines are made from locally-grown fruits like plums and blackberries and such organic Wine-tasting sessions take the festival to a whole new level. Accompany your glass of the grape with Smoked Pork and it is super-chic Wine quaffing.
When: 8th-11th November
Destination: Khasi Hills, Shillong, Meghalaya
Wine-High: Insta-worthy Opportunities with Cherry Blossoms Backdrop
Do you know to distinguish nuances of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz? Ok, we are hinting at a great glass of your favourite grape drink!! Monsoon Winds Wine Festival Pune ranks pretty high. All you do at this festival is swirl and sip Indian Wines, Italian Imports and Award Winning Collection. From Reveilo to Grover Zampa to Rhythm Winery make for a brilliant display. Experts conduct the drink’s appreciation classes as well as walk you through the reserve and oaked wines. Unbound excitement rests with Grape Stomp Championship, Blind Tasting Contests, Dance Workshops and Live Band Performance.
When: Usually in December
Wine-High: Grape Stomping Championship
If you missed a few this year, make sure you book for the next editions….Happy Wine’ing’!!