Gorgeous winter sunshine, a spread of vines with grape bunches along the gentle hill slope, with a sweeping view of the lake below and mountains in the distance presented the perfect setting for The Great Grover Stomp on January 27, 2013, at the Grover Zampa Vineyards at Sanjegaon, a short drive from Nashik, the grape and wine capital of India. And if the setting was charming, the winery took care to ensure the stomp was one to remember, writes Brinda Gill
Following the merger of Grover Vineyards Ltd (GVL) and Vallée de Vin Pvt Ltd (VDV) into Grover Zampa Vineyards, the winery designed the event to mark the merger, its presence, inform wine enthusiasts of their wine portfolio and give them an experience of their vineyard and winery culture in a fun way. Promoters Kapil Grover, Ravi Jain, Deepak Roy and Neeraj Deorah warmly met with guests and personally shared details of their vineyards, winery and wines.
From an informative and delightful vineyard tour to wine tasting at the barrel room with Mathias Pellissard, Chief Winemaker and Karishma Grover, Associate Winemaker, to live music; demonstrations of cooking with wine; an elaborate buffet lunch leisurely stretching through the afternoon with an easy flow of a choice of wines from the delicate Zampa Soiree Brut Rosé to Grover’s famous La Réserve; a display of art work by Rini Dhumal for labels of wines of the Art Collection; an offering of a limited edition blend of Tempranillo and Shiraz for connoisseurs; a competition of testing olfactory senses; a relaxing foot spa experience and lively grape stomping by the vineyards it was fun all the way.
The outdoor venue in the open and under a stylish canopy designed with orange and pink colours charmed guests who enjoyed the bouquet of offerings. An array of elegant Jaipur tents set into the hill – conceptualized by Karan Grover, architect and Director, Grover Zampa Vineyards – near the ridge played host for a group of guests from Baroda who appreciated the experience, thus conveying the potential of wine tourism at the winery. Meanwhile the stomp in the tub indicated the commencement of the harvest season, of busy weeks ahead and a promise of an offering of enjoyable wines from the Grover Zampa Vineyards in the months to come!