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Bangalore To Mysore on a Bicycle: The Art of Wine

1st Feb 2014
Photo of Bangalore To Mysore on a Bicycle: The Art of Wine 1/4 by Zubin Jagtiani
Sunset at the vineyard
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Camping by the lake
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Red Spokes, the world on a cycle
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Alpine Wineries

Mysore with all its heritage and history is giving rise to a new kind of tourism. Wine tourism. The Bangalore-Mysore stretch has been giving rise to a new kind of culture - Wine tasting. Along the road, there have already been many restaurants and coffee shops for adventurists and enthusiasts to stop by on the way. But, since a year back there has been a new development along the way. Various wineries have on the way has opened up their premises to travelers to venture into the vineyards and sip and taste some wine. This is slowly becoming a popular trend here.

Initially, when the first wineries started tours, only foreign travelers went here, but today it has grown to include Indian Students, backpackers and even families. It is a fun thing to do. A day full of scenic yards and sipping wine. The Mysore-Bangalore route is the most popular destination for wine tourism in India and its popularity is only growing. Karnataka is the second largest wine producing state and is aiming to appear on the Global map with its increase in wine production. In fact, to celebrate the growing attention The Karnataka Wine Board and The Horticulture department organized a three day Wine festival where around 11 wineries put up stalls to educate people.

This wine tasting tour is en route from Bangalore to Mysore and on a cycle. The tour includes adventure with cycling through the rural and rustic background of Karnataka and ending at the Alpine Wineries in Mysore, where you can understand how grapes are grown and how wine is made, while getting a taste of the locally produced wine.The tour lasts two days through the scenic route of Bangalore to Mysore.

We begin the journey at Cubbon Park, situated in the heart of Bangalore this park filled with greenery and serves a perfect point to start the journey. The park has been The tour beings at around 7 am.

Photo of Cubbon Park, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bangalore, Karnataka, India by Zubin Jagtiani

We ride on the Kanakapura Road amidst the beautiful semi-urban landscape of Bangalore in the morning breeze. We stop to have an authentic South Indian breakfast with some of the delicacies of the area. We continue our journey after breakfast.

Photo of Kanakapura Road, Ambedkar Veedhi, Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore, Karnataka, India by Zubin Jagtiani

Near the Kanakapura Road is the beautiful Vaderahalli Lake where we can stop to indulge in some lovely scenery and landscape as well as do some water sports like water skiing, boat rides etc. The serenity of the lakeside coupled with adventure makes this a lovely combination to stop and make the most out of this place. After being rejuvenated, we continue our journey amidst the soothing country side for around 25-30kms before stopping for Lunch. Post lunch we ride 40 kms (either in a van or on a cycle) on the beautiful road through the Maravalli Junction to the Sivasamudra.

Photo of Vaderahalli, Karnataka, India by Zubin Jagtiani

One of the biggest and the best wineries in the area, Alpine wineries have been around for 10 years now. It provides probably, the best experience of the wine culture here. We reach the Winery in the evening and settle in our camps with after having dinner accompanied by some wine. The next day post breakfast we take a cycle tour of the vineyard, distillery, cellar with a detailed explanation of the entire process of wine making followed by wine tasting paired with organic cheese made right there. We head back to Bangalore after some free time and lunch.

Photo of Alpine winery, Mandya, Karnataka, India by Zubin Jagtiani

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