Happy Wine Wednesday! This series showcases the best places to experience vino around the world. This week, join us for a relaxing tour of India’s most famous wine region. Vineyards in Nashik are the best India has to offer!
Tour the Best Vineyards of Nashik, India
Located in Maharashtra, Nashik is known as the “Wine Capital of India.” The area has long been cultivated by farmers producing table grapes. However, the wine industry only recently took off. Here are some of the highly rated vineyards in Nashik.
Begun in 1999, Sula is one of the most popular vineyards in Nashik and India at large. The founder, Rajeev Samant, studied under a California wine maker. He used his knowledge to found the first winery in Nashik. Named after Rajeev’s mother, Sulabha, this winery is one of the most eco-friendly companies in India.
The soil of this winery is volcanic ranging from weathered basalt to red laterite to heavy clay. As such, the earth is very fertile. Several dozen grape varieties are grown here to create four varietals of wine.
Sauvignon Blanc: “herbaceous, crisp and dry, with aromas of bell peppers, intermingled with tropical fruits like passion fruit and gooseberry with a racy, zingy finish,” as described by their site.
Cabernet Shiraz: “smooth, medium-bodied…accentuated by ripe cherry and plum notes, black pepper aromas and soft, silky tannins.”
Tours include a personalized wine tasting and teaches visitors the five steps of wine tasting. If you’re craving more than a taste, don’t worry! The gift shop has plenty of take-home options. What’s that you say? You want more? Well, you’re in luck. A luxury resort is available for a relaxing getaway with a lakeside view and opening March 2017 is their new on-site resort, done in the style of a Tuscan villa.
Kanwal Grover partnered his passion for wine with a French winemaking expert George Vesselle, the previous Technical Director of Champagne Mumm Vineyard. Together, they created the successful winery you see today.
The first vineyard planted in 1992. Shortly after in 1998, the reserve line launched. Today, Grover Vineyards has become a multi-generational operation. Currently, the manager is Kanwal’s son, Kapil. Karishma Grover, Kapil’s daughter, also joined the team after studying at University of California (UC) Davis. In 2009, the award winning Zampa Soirée line was created.
Raya Red: a deep crimson color with aromas of red berries and dry herbs. It’s a nice, full bodied wine with finely polished tannin.
Santé Chenin Blanc: straw yellow in color, this wine has strong floral and fruity notes with a hint of sweetness.
Tours include visits to both the winery and vineyard and lunch is included in the tour.
Not everyone can get to France for the experience français. Thankfully, Vallonne brought that experience to Nashik. In fact, it’s the first boutique winery in India. Established in 2009, Vallonne offers customized winery tours and tastings. Because seriously, if you’re gonna have a tour, why not have it exactly the way you want?
If you’re looking for that extra touch of dedication, you’ll be pleased to learn fruit at this vineyard is handpicked and sorted.
This estate produces three lines of wine: Prestige, Premium, and Connoisseurs. Be sure to try all three lines when you visit the four room guest house on-site. Oh! And be sure to try their restaurant cuisine. It specializes in food from South-East Asia: Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, Cambodia.
The wines of this estate are all good. However, the Malbec comes highly recommended – it’s the first in the region.
Malbec Reserve: “full bodied with subtle velvety tannins, plush texture and smoky hints of raspberry and blackberry. The oaked aromas are in perfect harmony with tones of toast and vanilla.”
Viognier Reserve: Exhibits vibrant notes of passion fruit, peach, elderflower, apricot, lime candy, and a hint of minerality.
This vineyard in Nashik has won many awards for both red and white varietals. Tours and tastings are available and include cheeses and light snacks. Visitors are encouraged to explore both the winery and vineyards. Guests will delight in views of the Gangapur Dam and hillside fields.
Dining is available at the Cellar Door restaurant. This eatery offers a selection of Indian food cooked in Maharashtrian spices. Some people believe that Indian food does not pair well with wine, and so York has taken special care to draft a menu that compliments their wine.
Cabernet Merlot: Medium body with deep maroon color, a sweet aroma of red fruits and cherries, and spicy notes of green pepper and oak.
Chenin Blanc: This delicate white has aromas of guava, apricot, pineapple, and oak.