Karnataka is showing the way to other states by holding its own government-sponsored Wine Festival from Friday, 2nd, to Sunday, 4th March 2012 in the spacious Bangalore Palace Grounds. The Festival, combine wine education with wine appreciation and is targeted for industry professionals as well as wine-loving members of the general public. Earlier wine festivals in the state have been privately promoted. This is the first time the state government has got involved, notes Ruma Singh.
Suresh Chandra, managing director of the Karnataka Wine Board expects approximately 20,000 visitors to the venue. “This is the first time that any state government of India is organizing a wine festival,” he says, “No other state has the number of wineries coming up the way Karnataka has. We are proud of this, and this festival aims to provide them with a platform to showcase their wines to the public.”
Besides stalls from wineries, both, established and new, there are several events planned over the three days. “Wine tasting sessions, talks on wine and health, and how to taste and appreciate wine are scheduled. We want to create awareness of the fact that wine is healthy and contains antioxidants. We need to address the fact that Indian wine consumption is only 10 ml per person, while elsewhere it is much higher. Wine is not merely for celebrations like Christmas and New Year, it can be consumed throughout the year,” adds Chandra.
There will also be scientific presentations on wine grape cultivation, and other technical aspects of wine. Besides Indian wineries, Chandra expects participation from several international wine companies from France, Canada, New Zealand and the USA, who are keen to showcase their wines.
Tickets cost Rs 300, and the timings are from 11am to 9.30pm on 2nd-4th March 2012 at Palace Grounds, Bangalore.