The popularity of wine in India has started growing rapidly. Along with it, India is also experiencing a boom in wine tourism. Many Indian vineyards now have tasting rooms, so wine enthusiasts can enjoy exploring India's wine regions. It's often possible to complete the experience by staying at at the vineyards.
India's main wine region is Nasik, around four hours northeast of Mumbai, in Maharastra. However, there are also some reputable wineries scattered further south in India.
Visit these vineyards to enjoy some of the best wine in India.
Sula Vineyards is perhaps India's most popular and most accessible winery. From humble beginnings in 1997, Sula Vineyards has admirably developed into a world class winery. The winery is open to visitors, who can enjoy a tour, tastings, courses, and fun events. There's also a Little Italy restaurant on the premises.
Sula Vineyards has a luxury three bedroom bungalow called Beyond, which visitors can rent. It's located a short distance from the winery. Beyond comes with private balconies, large living area, swimming pool, and in-house chef who'll prepare delicious meals made out of organic vegetables.
Location: On the outskirts of Nasik, off Gangapur-Savargaon Road, 20 minutes from town. Nearby York Winery is definitely worth a visit too!
Chateau Indage is another popular and very large Indian winery, with over 2,000 acres of vineyards in different parts of the country. Founded in 1982, it's best known for its premium range of Chantilli wines, including chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. The winery has well stocked wine bar, where visitors can taste six varieties for 150 rupees, as well as a wine shop. Those who are feeling hungry can dine at the Ivy restaurant on the premises. Chateau Indage also offers winery tours. If you arrive by 11 a.m. on weekends, you'll be able to participate in a one and half hour a tour of the vineyard.
Location: On the outskirts of Narayangaon, around 85 kilometers (53 miles) from Pune on the Pune-Nashik Highway.
Chateau d’Ori is a relatively new winery, who's first harvest was in February 2007. The vineyard hasn't wasted any time producing top quality wine. Its wines have already started winning awards, including Best Indian Red Wine of the Year for its 2007 Cabernet Merlot, at the Indian Wine Challenge 2008.
Significant effort is being put into developing the 400 acres of vineyards as a tourist destination, with three artificial lakes for boating and other water sports, luxury farmhouse accommodations, and ambient wine tasting lounge. The winery's state-of-the-art technology is also worth checking out.
Location: At the base of the picturesque Nhera-Ori hills at Dindori, around 22 kilometers (13 miles) north of Nashik on the Nashik-Dindori Road.
Grover Vineyards is one winery that's proven that it's not necessary to be located in Nashik to produce highly rated wine. Established as a family business in 1988, Grover Vineyards has expanded to over 210 acres. The winery focuses on producing premium wines, with the standout being its award winning La Reserve brand of oak matured cabernet sauvignon and shiraz reds.
To arrange your own personalized tour of the vineyard, get in touch with Grover Vineyards at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are extensive wine trails across the property, and it's also possible to visit the winery's new barrel room.
Location: Nandi Hills, around 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Bangalore in Karnataka.
Valle de Vin has quickly built up a presence with its premium wine brand, Zampa. It's not surprising, as the vineyard is owned by veterans of the alcoholic beverage industry in India, Deepak Roy and Ravi Jain. They aim to produce some of the best wine in India, and they're well on their way to achieving that goal.
The vineyard is atmospheric, with sunny courtyards and patios to relax in. Wine tours and tastings are offered daily. You can enjoy a variety of wines, including chenin blanc, sauignon blanc, cabernet sauvigon, shiraz, and sparkeling rose and brut.
Location: Sanjegaon, around half way between Igatpuri and Nasik, on the way from Mumbai.