Bangalore (Bengaluru) is an amazing vibrant, multi cultured city. The night life in particular is something which other cities usually miss out. But Bangalore has something more to offer it’s visitors especially the wine lovers.
Without a winery tour your itinerary could be absolutely incomplete.
On my last visit to Karnataka, i was pleased to explore the wineries of the leading wine maker of the country Grover Zampa.
Grover Zampa has its vineyards spread across two parts of the country. One at Nashik, Maharashtra and the other at the Nandi Hills, Bengaluru.
The entry to the winery itself creates an ambiance that evokes the soul in you. The smell of the tender wines fills the air. Where ever you go the smell of the wine lingers throughout.
My guide or more precisely the hospitality manager Mr Vipin Singh absolutely took over the tour with great enthusiasm and made it more memorable.
Grover Zampa was found in 1988 by Mr Kanwal Grover and Mr George Veselles. Their passion and love towards wine made them bring out this wonderful venture into reality. The present CEO of the Grover company is Mr Kapal Grover. They boast of having the leading wine consultant in the world Mr George Rollands.
The tour covers a brief description of the wine making process which includes many process like from harvesting, de-stembing to bottling.
When the process till wine production is done then the wine is kept for the aging process in the cold barrel. Depending on the type of wine whether red or white or whatever the time duration also varies for weeks. Here is the picture that i have captured of the barrel room.
The barrel room is maintained at 16 C degrees temperature.
Once you make it to this part of this tour then comes the most interesting part of the tour that is the wine tasting section. You could actually lure your tongue with the relishing taste of the top 5 exotic Grover Zampa’s wine collections.
Your guide will make sure that you explore the wines from it’s low intensity one to the high so that you can actually get to know each one of them. But Sssshhh!!! before you just take a huge gobble of them their are surely some etiquette’s to be followed and tips and tricks which the guide would surely love to explain.
By this you come to an end to the winery tour but delicious lunch would be waiting for you at the outside cottage.
Before the aging process their are lot of other process that you can see for yourself, since photography is strictly prohibited i am not sharing those. Those parts of the tour are really informative and was something new that i haven’t seen before.
If you really wanted to extent your do visit the vineyard which is 18 Kms from the winery towards the Green Valley Resort Doddaballapur.
Make sure you go at the harvest season since you can catch them big and ready for harvest ie between January to April.
That was one beautiful tour i had, so i definitely recommend my friends and my followers on WordPress to try out too.
The tour rates are like Rs 850 for adults per head. All you need is reserve in advance at Grover Zampa with Mondays being a holiday.
PS: I did really like to thank Mr Vipin Kumar Singh the hospitality head for dedicating his valued time for taking me around the winery.
GROVER ZAMPA VINEYARDS LIMITED,
Mumbai: Tel: 022 3085 9141
Bangalore: Tel: 080 2762 2826
Nashik: Tel: 088 0500 0822
For more details visit website: http://www.groverzampa.in
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