Almost all avid lovers of wine enjoy the experience of visiting the plantations that bear the grape vines grown majorly for winemaking, indulging in delicious and the finest wines. For all those wine connoisseurs residing in Mumbai, we have curated a list of vineyards around that you can choose a weekend to visit, immersing yourselves in the world of wines. Let's take a look at which ones you should consider checking out!
Vineyards Around Mumbai:
With a passion for wines, India's first wine professional turned vintner, Shailendra Pai, started Vallonne Vineyards, bringing his three-decade-long experience to the industry along with his friend Alan Viegas. The vineyard, established in 2009, is located in the wine capital of India— Nashik and is the first boutique winery. Each wine here undergoes a meticulous process, emphasising quality, innovation, and experimentation, having support from a team of professionals. Winning several awards while garnering recognition nationally and internationally, Vallonne Vineyards has a boutique vineyard hotel for guests to reside in, a restaurant and wine appreciation sessions, creating memories for every guest. Their vineyards are on the banks of the Mukhne Dam, with the winery and hotel offering a beautiful landscape of the Sahyadri mountains. They have an indoor winery tour wherein the complete winemaking process is explained, including a visit to the underground barrel cellar and tasting five premium vines.
Check out the Vallonne Vineyards website Tour Price: ₹ 500 per person Tour Timings: 12pm, 2pm and 4pm, except on Thursday and dry days
Being a family-run winery offering tasting and tours, housing a restaurant, a gorgeous vineyard and lake views, York Winery spreads over nine acres. Due to the terrain's natural slope, there is good water drainage, which contributes to the quality of the fruit from their estate, leading to fine wines. Their wines are a unique blend of the fruit they grow and winemaking processes, making them distinct in the Nashik Valley.
With modern viticulture practices, York Winery ensures the best fruit quality, their wines reflecting different micro-climates and soils of the vineyards. They describe themselves as a place where every drink is a toast, every taste is a celebration, and every tour is an experience, allowing guests to explore different flavours on their guided excursions. Here, they showcase where their wines mature, where they are bottled, where the savouring of the flavours happens to where their aromas are remembered, making them worth investing your time in and a great way to spend your weekends.
Check out the York Winery website Tour Price: ₹ 500 per person Tour Timings: 12pm to 10 pm, Monday to Sunday
Always believing that the production of great wines begins with the proper growth of the vines, Chateau d'Ori vineyard occupies 65% of the estate, with the rest including three artificial lakes, their winery, a farmhouse and a network of access roads. Their vineyards take after the methods and styles of Bordeaux, nurtured with the care and supervision of a popular oenologist from that region— Monsieur Athanase Fakorellis. They are working towards ensuring every wine bottle has an "Estate Bottled" mark, benchmarking themselves with the largest fine-wine producing region of Bordeaux. They adopted their viticulture practices like the correct selection of strains of different grapes to a specific plantation method and their winery's design. The quality principle they work on is offering high quality at affordable rates, using the best international practices and latest trends to produce incredible wines, carving a niche market. The beautiful four-bedroom farmhouse includes a Jacuzzi and swimming pool, with a lush plantation of silver oaks and coffee shrubs behind it, making it the perfect picturesque landscape.
Check out the Chateau d'Ori website Tour Price: ₹ 1,250 (w/ wine tasting) Tour Timing: 3 pm to 6 pm
Four Seasons Winery
The Four Seasons winery, situated in Baramati, boasts 14 rooms, a swimming pool, spa and party deck, with a terrace that can hold up to 1000 people, the perfect place to hold a get-together with wine connoisseurs you may know or a fun weekend vacation. With a French-like chateau aesthetic and vineyards scattered throughout, they even have a restaurant that offers wine and food pairings, a wine merchandise store, a wine boutique, tasting rooms and vineyard trails for the wine lovers to explore, with the option for doing so on mountain bikes! Located in the Sahyadri valley, Four Season Vineyards is India's finest, featuring luxury and sophistication in each bottle with the palace-like establishment boasting gorgeous views, a rooftop pool and a jacuzzi, the ideal scenario to unwind with a delicious glass of wine.
Check out the Four Seasons Winery website Tours are yet to be made public
Soma Vine Village
India's first boutique winery, Soma Vine Village, offers guided tours where their Sommelier educates the visitors on winemaking of different kinds, followed by a tasting session, offering expert training on techniques to really enjoy the drink. They take pride in giving an experience of a lifetime, with activities like grape stomping and harvesting, seeing the winemaking process from farm to bottle. Featuring a stunning location along the edge of the backwaters of the Gangapur Dam, the resort is amidst the vineyards featuring beautiful views of the lakes and hills around, an ideal place for a stress-free vacation. A family-run business, Soma Vine Village is one of the most desired destinations, making a mark as India's first vineyard resort. They are pet-friendly, so you need not worry about spending a weekend away from your furry friend! The vineyard offers three tours with packages featuring a tasting of different numbers of wine, like five, seven, and nine, also offering student discounts and corporate bookings. The resort is perfect even for weddings, a memorable way to celebrate an occasion that's crucial for many.
Check out the Soma Vine Village here Tour Price: ₹ 500, ₹ 700 & ₹ 900 Tour Timings: 7 days a week