Six members from the Nagpur Wine Lovers Club in Nagpur visited Four Seasons Winery at Roti Village near Baramati, Maharashtra, about 70 kms from Pune at the end of February to experience first hand the 2015 harvest season and better understand the wine production process, writes Brinda Gillwho happened to be there on an independent visit.
Sharad Phadnis, who is the founder, NWLC said, “From our initial days Abhay Kewadkar, Director and Chief Winemaker, Four Seasons Wines Limited, has supported the Club’s activities. With his encouragement our members decided to visit the winery.”
The Nagpur Wine Lovers Club was started in 2010 with four members, and now has 162 members. “The Club regularly conducts wine tastings, promotes responsible wine consumption, conducts wine education sessions, organises an annual wine festival and wine related tours,” said Phadnis.
The visit organized by Manoj Karnwal, Sr Manager Accounts, unfolded smoothly. Near Roti Village the impressive complex with its château-style facade (pictured, right) came into sight offering a hint of the grandeur of the winery. A one-kilometre drive to the building, bordered with fountains and lawns, leads to the grand entrance of the building which houses offices, winery, cellar room, conference hall and wine and souvenir shop.
There is also a restaurant, guest rooms, and a tower block that offers panoramic views of the countryside, swimming pool and party deck…. each aspect of the complex was greatly appreciated by the visitors.
The members enjoyed an informative winery tour covering the winemaking process from crushing to oak-ageing to bottling, and an interesting structured wine tasting held by Raghunath Subramanian, Manager-Quality Control, who is very passionate and knowledgeable about wine. He offered several comparative tastings for the visitors to understand the nuances of different grape varietals, fermentation and barrel ageing. Executive Chef Kisan Mulik from Baramati Club and his team, presented a good buffet spread at all three meals, with lunch and dinner being accompanied by wine service.
NWLC members tasted a wide range of Four Seasons wines: Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Blush and the premium Barrique Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Barrique Reserve Shiraz. One of the members, Shiraz K Doongaji, who had made orange wine at home (Nagpur being famous for its oranges) had brought some along and it was also tasted!
The trip was such a success that Phadnis remarked he was sure to come again for the next harvest with another group of members from the Nagpur Wine Lovers Club!