The Great Grover Wine Festival & SulaFest are back!

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Celebrating wine and all the other good things associated with it, two of India’s prominent wineries – Sula and Grover Zampa are back with their festivals. While the second edition of “The Great Grover Wine Festival” is going to be held in Bangalore’s Bhartiya City on February 6, the ninth edition of SulaFest is all set to rock for two days in Nashik on February 6 and 7. Both are events well worth a visit and here’s what you need to know.

Bangalore-based Grover Vineyards was established in 1992 and became the oldest winery in India after Indage Vintners, launched in 1986, folded up a few years ago. A merger  between Grover Vineyards Ltd and Vallée De Vin Pvt Ltd, producers of Zampa wines, in 2013, resulted in Grover Zampa Vineyards, which have caught the attention of the wine world by their consistently top quality wines which figure prominently in international wine competitions. Grover Art Series Sauvignon Blanc 2014 won the Sauvignon Blanc International Trophy at the 2014 Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) in Hong Kong, along with three silver medals, three bronze and two commendations for other wines.

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Grape stomping at the Great Grover Wine Festival

A highlight of the Indian wine calendar, The Great Grover Wine Festival, now in its second year, is South India’s largest Wine and Performing Arts Festival. The music line-up includes bands like Lagori, Sufistication, Ananth Menon & Trio and Divan. There is wine from Grover Zampa’s complete range and great food to go with it and a lot of performing artists that you wouldn’t want to miss. What else? Grape stomping, a wine appreciation workshop, flea market and art gallery, to name just a few of the fun things in store. Tickets cost Rs 1250 per person. For more information about tickets and how to get there, visit http://bit.ly/1Bb6IZE.

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A band performs at last year’s SulaFest

Sula Vineyards is India’s best known and biggest wine producer. Sula’s beautiful, open-air, Greek style amphitheatre makes an idyllic setting for the  annual Sula Gourmet World Music Festival.  It has made a huge reputation for itself. Celebrated international and national bands like The Cat Empire, Kailasa, Balkan Beat Box, Dub Inc, Success, Made In Barcelona, Rodney Branigan, etc are sure to enthral the grooving crowds. What else? A fashion show and Vera Moda’s Spring Summer Collection. Over 30 gourmet food and beverage options, including sit-down gourmet dining with organic produce from Sula’s own farms at Soleil by La Plage with Chef Morgan Rainforth. Look out for special wine tastings at The Tasting Room and new rustic Tasting Cellar, plus choice international beverages from Sula’s import division, Sula Selections. Tent City with 350 tents at the campsite about 300 metres from the amphitheatre. Also, their gorgeous new retreat Sky Villa is now open. You can call +917875555725 or email beyond@sulawines.com for bookings. A regular day pass to the fest costs Rs 2200. For more information about tickets and how to get there, go to  http://bit.ly/1Srk3UM

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