The third Nagpur Wine & Food Festival, organised by the Nagpur Wine Lovers Club was recently held at Woods, a lovely lawn dotted with trees at the heritage CP Club, Nagpur, from November 28 to 29 writes Brinda Gill who attended the fest that drew a large number of wine enthusiasts from Nagpur and other cities.
At the outset, Sharad Phadnis, Chief Promoter, NWLC, welcomed guests and spoke about the growth of the club. “The membership of the Nagpur Wine Lovers Club is marching ahead! The club started in 2011 with 91 members and now has 180 members. In the past four years, it has gained goodwill from other institutions in the wine fraternity specially the Indian Grape Processing Board, All India Wine Producers Association, Nashik Valley Wine Producers Association and Sommelier India Wine Magazine. The wine consumption in Nagpur is growing at 21% and there has been a substantial increase since the club started. Wine education plays an important role in spreading awareness of wine and increasing its consumption.”
Sumedh Singh Mandla, CEO, Grover Zampa Vineyards, and Rajveer Bali, Vice President-Sales, Fratelli Vineyards, inaugurated the festival. Speaking on the occasion, Mandla said, Nagpur as a city has several attributes from its central location to its emphasis on education and the presence of renowned institutions. He said there exist many opportunities to spread wine culture in the city, which in turn has tremendous potential, as well as benefits for different stakeholders including farmers and tourism.
Visitors enjoyed the wine and the food amidst a charming, festive ambience. They were able to taste a variety of wines, from red, white and rosé, still and sparkling, tank aged and oak aged presented by Nine Hills, Grover-Zampa Vineyards, Turning Point, Château d’ Ori, Deshmukh Vineyard’s AD Wines, Pause Wines, Sula Vineyards and Fratelli Wines. Teams from the wineries introduced their wines while serving them. Visitors also purchased wines after the tasting.
The food too was simply great. Visitors sipped wine while enjoying burgers, Parsi and Lebanese specialties, brownies and cupcakes. There were stalls selling wine accessories, wine tour representatives, a nature resort getaway, live music in the background and flair demonstrations by bartenders.
The NWLC believes that wine education should be the primary agenda of every wine club and towards that end, the members of the wine club spared no efforts to ensure the festival was as informative as it was fun.
One hopes that with growing wine awareness, there will be an increase in demand for wines in Nagpur, which in turn will bring more wineries to market their wines there and participate in the festival, thus setting into motion a widening wine culture.