Now don’t go turning your nose up at the idea of Indian wines. Despite the youth of the industry and the lack of aged wines, many Indian wines will surprise you, and quite a few of those surprises will be pleasant. At least, that’s what the experts say. I’ve been on a couple and a few more are on my wishlist, so if I can’t do a complete wine tour yet, I’d like to try this vicarious wish-fulfilment thing – you read this, check them out, and tell me if they’re all that.
Nashik is the first place you’d think of when you consider visiting a vineyard in India. That's where I started, too, and if my memory of how it ended is a bit hazy, you can understand why, right? Quite a few vineyards are in Nashik and a few of them open their doors to you so that you can take a walk along where the grapes are grown, and be guided through the process of making wine. They also have wine tasting sessions, and here’s the best part – you can buy the bottles at a lower cost than you would from most shops, and you can know for a fact that the wine has been treated well. Unfortunately, most of what we get from shops around us is cooked – transported and stored in far from the optimum temperatures and conditions, juggled from vertical to horizontal and many more such travesties that would make wine-lovers weep.