Wine holidays are popular abroad, but get prepared to experience them right here in India, says Shivani Dogra. The web portal, www.thewineclub.com organises guided wine tours in Nashik, known as the wine capital of India because of its vineyards. The tour is called the Vineyard Discovery Programme. After a long walk through picturesque vineyards you get to try some of the wine produced at them at a wine tasting session that’s also been factored into the tour. Vineyard Discovery’s packages offer a one night, two-day tour at Rs.9,500 per person and Rs.17,000 per couple and this includes the pickup and drop back from Mumbai, stay and food.However, unlike it’s other cousins around the world, this tour doesn’t have trained wine educators that guide people around but people that work in the winery.
Pictured above: A view of Nashik Vineyards from Sula’s Tasting Room
Wine Culture Tours
The Wine Culture Tours take you to some of the world’s famous German wineries and vineyards. Many are winners of Gold Awards in international competitions.
Visit picturesque fairytale castles and medieval villages or towns on the Wine Route of Germany. There are tours that take you through the magical Black Forest, the wine town of Deidesheim, also known as The Other Paradise, and Baden Baden, the spa city, or Heidelberg’s fascinating castle. Cruise the Riesling route on the Rhine through UNESCO’s world heritage landscapes. If we have whet your appetite, you can get more information from www.wineculturetours.com
BKWine – World’s Top Wine Tours
If you are a wine traveller who wants to meet the winemakers and have a personal and unique experience, then BKWine Tours are for you. BKWine tours have been named “World’s Top Wine Tours” by Travel + Leisure magazine. BKWine organises top-quality wine and gastronomy tours to the world’s most beautiful wine regions. Whether you are interested in visiting the famous and exclusive châteaux of Bordeaux or the undiscovered gems and future stars, BKWine will give you a unique experience. Britt and Per Karlsson, founders of BKWine, are also internationally well known wine writers and photographers, regularly published in specialized wine and food press and authors of two wine books. For more information, visit www.bkwinetours
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