Whenever I daydream about taking a vacation, my mind travels to the beautiful countryside of Tuscany, where I imagine myself enjoying a wonderful meal with a glass of the region’s finest wine, and taking in the scenery. There’s something just so refreshing and romantic about travelling through the vineyards, soaking up the sun and sampling a few of the best vintages. While Italy will hopefully happen someday, last weekend I had the most amazing time at the Grover Wines vineyards right here in Bangalore and I’m going to tell you all about it right here on the blog! Read on 🙂
The Grover Vineyards are located near Nandi Hills on the outskirts of Bangalore, so if you’re planning to make a trip there, make sure you carry water, sunscreen, and your favourite playlists! We were greeted by this lovely setup and began our journey with a few glasses of sparkling wine. While I usually prefer reds more, this wine was crisp, light and perfect for the weather.
Starting the day with wine before 10 am was definitely a first! We then set off on a tour of the vineyards. It’s currently harvest season, so we got to see some beautiful grapes fully ripe and ready for the picking.
My outfit for the tour was a pretty cold-shoulder top and a pair of distressed jeans with a statement necklace.
The vineyards stretched for miles around and we got to the top of a viewing point to have a look.
We tried some of the grapes and they were so deliciously soft and sweet. We were super excited to see how these grapes would get processed into the wine we know and love tasting.
The tour started with Karishma, wine maker, who took us around the vineyards and into the sorting area, where lots of women sorted grapes into piles that were passed through a conveyer belt to a crusher.
The processed grapes then looked like this –
Off we went then, to the fermentation tanks and the room where the barrels were kept. The smells and sights were making us pretty heady already!
The fermentation tanks are maintained at a specific temperature depending on the kind of wine being made inside, whether it’s their Sauvignon Blanc or the Shiraz. We also tried some fresh grape juice from before the fermentation process and omg you guys, it was soo sweet and FRESH.
My favourite part of the tour was when we went down to the wine cellar and interacted with the man himself, Mr. Kapil Grover. We talked about the wine industry, Indian food and wine, and had many fun conversations and arguments about rosé wine – most people have a love-hate relationship with it! If you ask me, I’m an appreciator of red wine all the way. We tried some of Grover’s signature classics – a few from the Vijay Amritraj collection, and my personal favourite, the La Reserve, as well as a few more selections of white wine and rosé.
After tasting from the vast collection Grover Wines has to offer, we headed outdoors for a lovely lunch, followed by a fun grape stomping session! I’ve always loved this tradition – the soft grapes feel amazing against your skin when you stomp them, and it’s just so much fun. This is something you should try at least once.
If you’re looking for something fun to do on a weekend when you’re bored and would rather not do the usual brunch or movie, head to the Grover Wines vineyards for a tour to remember!