Wine tourism is the new buzzword in Nashik, around four hours from Mumbai. There are almost 50 wineries in and around Nashik, and excitingly for wine lovers, many Nashik vineyards now have tasting rooms that are open to the public. What's also appealing is that discounts of 10-20% on retail price are available on purchases. The vineyards fan out in all directions from Nashik though, so you'll need a car to reach them. Either that, or take a wine tour.
This guide uncovers Nashik vineyards that welcome visitors. They are situated in three different areas: Sanjegaon district (30 kilometers before Nashik), Dindori district (30 kilometers north of Nashik), and Gangapur Dam (10 kilometers west of Nashik).
Nashik is a diverse destination, with a number of other attractions apart from wineries. While you're there, check out these Top 5 Places to Visit in Nashik.
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Sula Vineyards is India's most popular winery. From humble beginnings in 1999, Sula Vineyards has admirably developed into a world class winery with a market share of more than 70% in India. Combine wine with music at Sulafest, held there in early February each year. Sula also offers a one day wine appreciation course every Thursday. It's situated in the Gangapur Dam area.
- Open: 11.00 a.m to 10.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 11.00 a.m to 11.00 p.m Friday and Saturday.
- Cost: 350 rupees for a tour and tasting, held every hour from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Wines: Sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc, rose, sparkling brut and rose, viognier, reisling, shiraz, merlot, zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, syrah.
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Built in 2006, York Winery occupies seven acres of vineyards overlooking Gangapur Dam, close to Sula Vineyards. This friendly, young family-owned winery focuses on producing fruity and dry, rather than sweet, wines. It's definitely going places and is already winning awards. The winery has a superb gold medal Reserve Shiraz, aged in oak, to its name. Also impressive is its new Arros reserve blend of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, released in late 2014. York released its own sparkling wine, York Sparkling Brut, near the end of 2014 as well. It's made from 100% chenin blanc grapes.
The sizable tasting room is attractively decorated in warm, earthy tones. Calmer and less commercialized than Sula, it's a great sunset destination.
- Open: Noon until 10.00 p.m., seven days a week.
- Cost: 150-250 rupees for a tour and wine tasting, held daily from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Wines: Sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc, rose, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon.
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Also in the same location as Sula and York, Soma is a newer and lesser known winery that has quickly embraced wine tourism. This boutique winery opened in 2014 complete with Culture Kitchen restaurant, amphitheater, conference and wedding facility, and Vine Village resort with seven rooms and a swimming pool. It's an attractive property and receives good reviews.
- Open: 11.30 a.m. until 6.30 p.m., seven days a week.
- Cost: 200-400 rupees for a tour and wine tasting.
- Wines: Shiraz, cabernet shiraz, rose, white wine blend, dessert wine, sparkling wine.
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If you're traveling to Nashik by road from Mumbai on the NH3, don't miss stopping off at Grover Zampa (formerly Vallee du Vin) along the way. It requires a short detour to the Sanjegaon district, between Igatpuri and Nashik. However, its ambient modern setting, with sunny courtyards and patios, is a relaxing place to break the journey. What's more, the winery's premium Zampa wine brand is becoming recognized as one of the best in India. Accommodations are not provided as of yet.
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- Open: Daily from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Call 025-53204379 to make bookings.
- Cost: 400-650 rupees for wine tasting and a vineyard tour. Vineyard tours depart three times a day, at 10.30 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 400 p.m.
- Wines: Chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, and sparkling rose and brut.
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Vallonne is definitely one to watch out for! Like Grover Zampa, it's also located in the Sanjegaon district on the way to Nashik from Mumbai. This premium boutique winery stands out for bringing the "French Chateau" experience to India, with its unique use of french wine making equipment and techniques. The chenin blanc is quite a surprise, with a lengthy and unexpected finish. The sauvignon blanc is also crisp and clean. Both the red wines, merlot and cabernet sauvignon, are pleasingly oaked. A tasting room, restaurant, and guest accommodations have been added.
- Open: Email email@example.com or call 9819129455 for information.
- Wines: Malbec (reserve), syrah (reserve), rose, voigneir (reserve), merlot (reserve), cabernet sauvignon, chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc.
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Chateau d'Ori is located at the base of the Nhera-Ori hills, in the Dindori district to the north of Nashik. According to some, Chateau d’Ori's cabernet shiraz blend is as good as Grover's La Reserve. The unblended merlot, rare in India, is notable as well. There's a luxury guesthouse on the property. It sits by an artificial lake in the middle of a vast expanse of grape vines, making it the perfect destination to get away from it all. Winery tour, tasting, and accommodation packages are offered.
- Open: Phone ahead on 022-65064933.
- Wines: Sauvignon blanc, rose, merlot, syrah, cabernet sauvignon.