Wine has a storied history in India from the introduction of grapevines to the Indus Valley civilization in 5,000 BC to the introduction of Port by the Portuguese in Goa. The wine industry has blossomed in the past few decades, however especially in the delightful grape-growing regions of Nashik, Pune and Bangalore. On this wine tour in India, sip some of the best vintages available on the subcontinent while also getting to see the vibrant culture and history of this amazing country.
Wine has been made in India for as many as 5,000 years. It was the early European travelers to the courts of the Mughal emperors Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries who reported tasting wines from the royal vineyards. Red Wines were made from the Arkesham Grape and White Wine from Arkawati and Bhokry Grapes.
Nasik is Situated on the banks of the sacred Godavri River; the city of Nasik is a perfect amalgamation of the old & new, the sacred & the intoxicating experiences. Perched at an altitude of 565 meter above the sea level, the city of Nasik revolves around the religious celebrations & fine wine. Home to fabulous temples & the oh-so-popular Kumba Mela, Nasik is pilgrimage center of the Hindus. Steeped in rich cultural heritage, this city got its name from the great epic - Ramayana. The city with remarkable structures of historical importance it is interspersed by temples, forts, and industrial units. Besides, it is India’s top wine growing region, which gives birth to a very nice little wine – tourism industry.
The name Bangalore encompasses so many sobriquets like Garden City, Silicon Valley of India, Pub City and so on. One of the prettiest cities in India, known for its salubrious climate all year round, Bangalore is bestowed with tall tree lined streets & several parks adding to its greenery, hence it’s rightly called 'Garden City'. The wine tour in Bangalore is a lovely way to spend time and learn about the art of winemaking.
Make your way to Pune today, which was once the locus of power for the Brahmin Peshwa family until the British conquered it in the 19th century.
Before you arrive here, though, you’ll stop at Chateau Indage at Narayangaon, India’s oldest winery and the first sparkling wine producer here. This “champagne”-style wine is their most popular, but they export a number of their 100 wines to more than 60 nations.