Wine Tour in India
Viticulture, the cultivation of grapes and grape vines; grape growing in India has a history that dates back to the Bronze Age time period of the Indus Valley Civilization (IVC). During those good old days, grapevines were considered to have been brought in from the Persian Empire (now the Islamic Republic of Iran). Although many pages of the Indian history have references about viniculture, it was the Portuguese and the British who contributed a lot to the growth of winemaking in India.
The first acknowledged reference of wine making was in the late 4th century BCE compositions of Chanakya (also known as Kautilya or Vishnu Gupta) who was the advisor of Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of the Maurya Empire. During the historic period of the reign of Queen Victoria, the British in India promoted viticulture and viniculture to a great extent.
A multitude of farms of grapevines where wine grapes are produced were developed across Kashmir, Baramati (Pune, Maharashtra) and
Surat (Gujarat). During the year 1833, for the first time, Indian wines were exhibited at the Calcutta International Exhibition to a tremendous reception. The early 1980s is considered as the most important period in the modern wine industry of India as the notable Tonia Group was launched in the West Indian state of Goa.
The Tonia Group imported vinifera grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon (one of the world's most sought-after red wine grape varieties), Chardonnay (green-skinned grapevine variety), Pinot Blanc (white wine grape), Pinot noir (red wine grape variety) and Trebbiano also known as Ugni Blanc (white grape) and commenced making sparkling and still wines. Today India is the home of some of the finest vineyards in the world. Indian vineries are cutting-edge in terms of technology and produce some remarkable vintages.
Most Popular Wine Tours in India
Wine tourism in
India is a relatively new concept and many have absolutely no idea about the growing popularity of vineyards in India. Well, it is high time to let them get introduced to the most recent and trending wine tour in India. Wine tours in India come with a tag which says in bold - nothing like before! Yes, wine tours are totally different from everything you ever experienced! It is time to understand that people do not just drink wine, but taste it with all the five senses. Wine tours don't stop you with just tasting the wine from where it is made, but it will exhibit how your favorite drink is being manufactured, all these, right in front of your eyes!
Did you know?
Nashik in Maharashtra is celebrated as the 'Wine Capital of India'
As a matter of fact, the popularity of wine is growing by leaps and bounds in India and the concept of wine tourism is a big hit. Imagine, a long weekend is approaching and this time around you simply do not want to waste/end your weekend on only thinking about what fun can be done or imagine relaxing in a meadow, sipping your most favorite wine and forgetting about your mundane life, sounds tempting, right? What are you waiting for? What is stopping you from giving it a try, which is certain to offer you a memorable experience! Go for it and you would not regret! Visit some of the top-quality home grown vineyards in India and get to enjoy their finest blend of wine and live through the art of wine-making.
Did you know?
Nashik has 36 world class wineries, highest in number than any other Indian city.
Most of the Vineyards in India come with extravagantly elegant tasting rooms with picturesque vinery panoramas, tailor-made wine dinners, tours of their vineries and wine cellars, and quality accommodation options for enthusiasts who want more for the next day! Find below some of the finest Vineyards in India and pack your bags for a wine-filled vacation! (in no particular order)
Finest Vineyards in India
, Maharashtra, Western India
A pioneer among the Indian vineyards, Sula Vineyards
is undoubtedly a front runner of the wine revolution in India. Commenced with their winning run during the year 1997, Sula Vineyards in Nashik is one among the most celebrated locations for local and international wine buffs. Regarded as the 'Hotspot of Wines', Sula Vineyards provides a perfect platform for wine lovers from around the globe to try out a wide range of vinos.
Did you know?
Sula Vineyards was presented with a silver medal for its 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (green-skinned grape variety) as the most prominent winery in the country.
The terrific success of SulaFest - an intoxicating blend of wine and sheer entertainment and much more, hosted at the open air amphitheater every year in Sula vineyards come as a striking testimony of the popularity of the wine tours in the country. SulaFest is all about out-of-the-world combined with fantastic music, celebrated among a massive herd of party animals, the electric atmosphere is likely to take you right through the air! Beyond any doubt, SulaFest is the wine festival of India.
Music plays a crucial role in the wine festival here that disc-jockeys, musicians, rock-n-roll music bands, instrumentalists, concert-goers and music lovers from all over the world, gather and celebrate life with finest wine varieties. Not just these, Sula Vineyards offer much more apart from the parties and wines, that is, a specialty Italian eating house, an elegant and sumptuous accommodation called as 'Beyond
', a massive tasting room and guided wine tours brands the Sula Vineyards as the most preferred wine destination among the enthusiasts.
Much said, this top-grade winery is the most-complete location for wine tourism in India. Tour and Tasting packages Offered by Sula VineyardsTimings - Tour and Tasting
11:30 Am to 6:30 PM (all days of the week)Weekdays
Rs. 150 (tour + tasting of 4 wines)
Rs. 250 (tour + tasting of 6 wines)Weekends
Rs. 250 (tour + tasting of 6 wines)Beyond Getaway Resort by Sula Vineyards
Number of Rooms: 32
Tariff Range: Rs. 5,500 to Rs. 50,000
Facilities and Amenities: Restaurant, Conference hall, Swimming pool, Gymnasium, Spa, Game and chill out room and so onFor Reservations:
Phone Number: + 91 253 302 7777, 7875555725
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgLocation Info:The Winery and Tasting Room: Sula Vineyards
Gat 36/2, Govardhan Village,
Off Gangapur-Savargaon Road,
Nashik 422 222, Maharashtra, India.
Tel.: +91 253 302 7777
(14.3 km away from Nashik - via Trimbak Road - Approx. Driving Time 30 minutes)Beyond by Sula
Survey No. 1,
Nashik 422 222, Maharashtra, India.
Phone Number: +91 253 3027777, +91 78755 55725
Location: Akluj, Solapur, Maharashtra, Western India
Located 183 km away from the Cultural Capital of Maharashtra, Pune (via NH 9) and 330 km away from the financial capital of India, Mumbai (via NH 9 and Mumbai - Pune Expressway), Fratelli Wines is one among the leading destinations for wine tour in India. Basically an Indo-Italian venture, Fratelli Wines was started during the year 2007 with the ultimate agenda of making world-class wines in India.
Did you know?
During the year 2009, the Fratelli Wines introduced ‘SETTE’, a Cabernet and Sangiovese blended wine, which subsequently became the signature brand of the company.
A joint venture from three families coupled with the cultivation of grapes and grape vines; grape growing and viniculture expertness of Piero Masi, a leading name in the world of viniculture from Tuscany (central Italy), the partnership intended to introduce Italian viniculture tradition paired with the Indian wine. Fratelli Wines is known for its scenic location which makes it as one of the best destinations for wine tour in India. Presently, 12 different grape varieties imported from French Republic are planted in the vineyards.
Fratelli Wines cover all major international styles while holding their distinguishable features as added by the Indian soil. You may be a wine beginner or a connoisseur; Fratelli Wines offer something to meet your requirement. Some of Fratelli's celebrated offerings include Gran Cuvée Brut, Sangiovese Bianco, Chardonnay, Cintila Fernao Pires, Vero Cabernet Sauvignon,Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Vina Edmara Pinot Noir, Classic Chenin, Shiraz Rose, Sidus Premium Port, Sangiovese, Vero Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc - Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Classic Shiraz, Classic Merlot, Cintila Castelao, Vina Edmara Chardonnay, IL Casone Pinot Grigio, Casa Sola Chianti Classico and so on. Wine Tour - Package Options Offered by Fratelli WinesWeekend Getaway (2 Days / 1 Night)Package Includes:
- Accommodation facility
- Wine tasting: 5 wines 30 ml samples with accompaniments in the tasting room (2 reds, 2 whites and 1 rose)
- 30 minutes on the ATV at Motewadi
- Two complimentary bottles of Classic wines
- Recreational facilities
- Bonfire with traditional Maharashtrian food and a cultural performance are organized when all 4 rooms are booked
Package Tariff: Rs. 11,000 (rate per night for a couple)Rejuvenation Getaway (3 Days / 2 Nights)Package Includes:
- Accommodation facility
- Vineyard and winery tour: Motewadi and Garwar vineyards as well as the wine cellar
- 2 Wine tastings: 5 wines 30 ml samples with accompaniments in the tasting room (2 reds, 2 whites and 1 rosé)
- 30 minutes on each day of the ATVs at Motewadi
- Three complimentary bottles of Classic wines
- Recreational facilities
- Traditional Maharashtrian food with a bonfire on the first night and a cultural performance
Package Tariff: Rs. 9,500 (rate per night for a couple)Note
: Two more packages available with stay at Hotel Grand Regency (12 km from the vineyard) and other package options remain same.Location Info:Fratelli Wines Pvt. Ltd.
Gat No. 131, Zanjewadi Taluka: Malshiras, Distt Solapur - 413 107
Maharashtra (India)Winery & Vineyard
Fratelli Wines Pvt Ltd (winery & tasting room), Motewadi, Maharashtra 413107
Phone: +91 779 841 8593
Location: Bangalore (Karnataka, Southern India) and Nashik (Maharashtra, Western India)
Set foot on the vino business way back in the 1960s by Kanwal Grover, who is regarded as the 'Father of Indian Viniculture
', Grover Zampa is one among the most popular names in the long list of most notable wine ranges in the country. Grover Zampa is one of the oldest vineyards of India who made an association with a Mumbai based winery and became a tough contender to Nashik based winemakers!
Today, the Grover Zampa owns a 400 acre vineyard, producing premium quality wines with the help of cutting-edge technologies and elevated processes in the winery. During the year 1995, Michel Rolland, world’s most celebrated specialist in wine making, assumed a role of a consultant and support the Grover Zampa in terms of grape farming, gathering of right grapes and viniculture processes. Grovers together with Rolland, proceed to make delicate, rich, sumptuous and classic wines. The dual locations of the Grover Zampa give them an edge over the other names as it allows them to extract finest grapes from ideal conditions, productive soil and opportune climate.
Some of the most popular picks of Grover Zampa include One Tree Hill - white and red wine (OTH), Zampa Chenin Blanc, Zampa Rose, Zampa Sauvignon Blanc, Zampa Syrah, Zampa Syrah Cabernet, Zampa Soiree Brut, Zampa Soiree Brut Rose, Chene, La Reserve, Sante Chenin Blanc, Sante Rose, Sante Shiraz, Raya Red, Raya White and Art Collection wines.
Did you know?
Grover Zampa offer wine tours in both of their locations, Bangalore and Nashik.
Grover Zampa's package generally comprises of two tours, vineyard tour and winery tour. The wine tour typically starts from their massive crushing facility where the wine making process will be understandably explained. The next stop would be to witness the entire process, from filtering to packaging of wine bottles to be sent out for sales. Exuberant information regarding the making of white rose, red and sparkling wines are offered to the visitors. The (most anticipated) next stop would be for wine tasting, where visitors can taste five to seven different varieties of wines. On request in advance, food will be served after the tasting session. Wine Tour - Package Options Offered by Grover Zampa BangaloreGuided Tours
Monday to Friday (10:30 AM to 3:00 PM): Rs. 850 per head
Package Includes: Lunch, Winery tour and Wine tasting session
Saturday and Sunday (10:30 AM to 3:00 PM): Rs. 1,000 per head
Package Includes: Lunch, Winery tour and Wine tasting sessionNote
: No accommodation facility is offeredWine Tour - Package Options Offered by Grover Zampa NashikGuided Tours
Monday to Friday (9:30 AM to 5:00 PM): Rs. 500 to Rs. 650 per head
Package Includes: Winery tour and Wine tasting session
Rs. 400 per head will be charged for those who are not into wine tasting!Note
: No accommodation facility is offeredLocation Info:Bangalore Winery
63, Raghunathapura, Devanahalli Road, Doddaballapur, Bangalore Dist.- 561203Nashik Winery
Gat No.967 / 1026, At Post Sanjegaon, Taluka Igatpuri, Nashik, India
Tel: +91 2553 204 379
Location: Nashik, Maharashtra, Western India
Believably, the second largest wine maker in Nashik
after Sula Vineyards, Chateau d'Ori is known for its state-of-the-art wine making facility integrated with groundbreaking technologies like gravity flow technique, fully machine-driven bottling plant and so on. The present vineyard is about 100 acres and it is the result of the dedication of workers that the barrens has undergone a 360-degree makeover, from a wasteland to an estate with exuberant vineries, studded with three artificial water bodies, which are likely to impress the visitors in no time!
Did you know?
Organic wines of Chateau d'Ori are most preferred by wine buffs.
The Chateau d'Ori
is all about a massive vineyard, artificial lakes, fantabulous wine tasting lounges, natatoriums, deluxe farmhouses fitted with Jacuzzi and so on. The wine maker takes credit in having the largest Merlot plantation in the country and they say a big 'no
' to any sort of chemical substances (pesticides and fertilizers) for their lush vineyards as they prefer to keep it eco-friendly. Some of their popular varieties include Merlot, Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Chardonnay. With picturesque backdrop, artificial lakes, lush plantations blended with some finest wine tasting, the Chateau d'Ori visit will be nothing short of a terrific experience. Wine Tour - Package Options Offered by Chateau d'Ori, NashikGuided Tours
Monday to Friday (8:30 AM to 5:30 PM): Rs. 150 per head
Package Includes: Vineyard visit, Winery tour and Wine tastingOne Night Package for a Couple
Tariff Range: Rs. 2,500 to 6,500
Approximate Duration of the Tour: 60 minutes
Dinning: On request in advanceLocation Info:D'ori Winery Pvt Ltd
Gat No 529, Dindori - Shivar,
Dindori Taluka Nashik Maharashtra India
Tel: +91 22 65064933 Fax: +91 22 2444 1103For Vineyard and Winery Visits
Chateau Indage Vineyards
Location: Narayangaon, Maharashtra, Western India
Located 81.9 km away from the metropolis of Pune, Chateau Indage is a popular name among the unceasing list of vineyards in India. Launched during the year 1982 by the legendary vintner Shyamrao Chowgule, Chateau Indage Vineyards in Narayangaon one of the most preferred stops for people who love sparkling, white and red wines.
Chateau Indage Vineyards put up a distinguished range of Chantilly wines and during the weekend, they offer a 90 minute tour. This guided tour comprises of a vast vineyard trail, tasting sessions where wine buffs get to enjoy some of the finest varieties of Pinot Chardonnay and Cabernet. Some of the other notable amenities and facilities offered by the Chateau Indage include luxury accommodation, Cafe Ivy restaurants serving a range of cuisines and first-class bars and elegant lounges and so on.
Some of their must-try varieties include Chantilly, Riviera, Pinot Chardonnay, Chantilli Zinfandel, Shiraz and Pinot Noir.Wine Tour - Package Options Offered by Chateau d'Ori, NashikGuided Tours
Weekend Tours: Approximately Rs. 400 per head
Package Includes: Vineyard visit and Wine tastingLocation Info:Chateau Indage Vineyards
At/post-Narayagaon, NH 50,
Phone Number: 02132-245977
Location: Nasik, Maharashtra, Western India
Just 15.7 km from Nashik (via Trimbak Road) and very close to the hotshot Sula Vineyards (1.8 km from York Winery, via Gangapur-Savargaon Road) , York Winery
offers a stunning panorama of the serene area of the Gangapur dam backwaters. Their premium wines are with elusive flavors are created right here. The wine production is set on various floors that the assorted production stages which include gathering of grapes, crushing, viniculture, barrel wine cellar, bottling unit and wine storage are set up individually in an efficient way that they offer the least resistance to wine flow! The gravity flow technique which is extensively used at York Winery declines the involvement of pumps to a great extent; contribute to the quality of the drink!
The underground wine cellars offer ideal temperature and humidness to age both reserve and bottled wines in oak casks. York Winery's viniculture is all about a delicate blend of Australian and South African styles with a touch of French. This unique style of viniculture, Italian machineries and forward-looking techniques helped York Winery to bring out some of the finest Indian wines from this part of the country. Some of the most popular varieties of York Winery include Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve Shiraz, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Late Harvest and so on.
York Winery offer guided tours and tasting of their entire array of wines. Get to loosen up by the balcony, having a terrific panorama of the placid lake; visitors can enjoy the varieties with a range of snacks. Visitors can opt for a guided tour. Guided Tour
York Tasting Room receives guests from 12 noon to 10 pm, 7 days a week (except on dry days).
Wine Tasting: 12 noon to 10 pm (all days of the week)
Tours: 12:30 PM to 6 PM
Package Includes: Vineyard visit, Winery tour and Wine tasting sessionLocation Info:York Winery
Gat no. 15/2, Gangavarhe Village,
Gangapur - Savargaon Road,
Nasik - 422222, Maharashtra, India.
Phone Number: +91 253-2230700
Email: email@example.comTours & Tasting
Phone Number: +91 253 2230701
Mobile Number: +91 96577 28070
Whoever you are, a svelte connoisseur or a rookie, in terms of wine, get on with the trending concept and go on a wine tour in India!
Some of the other notable Vineyards in India include:Blackbuck Vineyards
Vineyard, Winery & Blackbuck Wine Resort
(Approved by Dept., of Tourism Government of Karnataka)
Maidenahalli - 572127, Madhugiri Taluk, Tumkur District, Karnataka, India
Phone Number: 080 - 23640513, 9900075438, 9900075432, 9900075431
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgVinicola Wines
No 248, St Joaquim Road, Margao, Goa - 403601,
Landmark: Opposite BM Hall Borda
Phone Number: +(91)-9545882828 , +(91)-8888882255, +(91)-832-2715499, +(91)-832-2730628Cumbum Valley Winery
108, Chinna Ovalapuram Village, Utthamapalayam Taluk,
Theni District - 625 515
Tel: +91 - 4646 - 253638/39
Fax: 044 - 28344047
Email: email@example.comFour Seasons Winery and Vineyards
Roti, Taluk Daund
Maharashtra – 413102
Tel: 02117 202 138