There’s something romantic about the art of wine-making – the word itself transports me to the hilly vineyards of France[this might have something to do with the fact that I have watched the movie ‘French Kiss’ too many times] where I imagine birds chirping and people making wine in merry, unexposed to the fury of the modern world. So when I got the opportunity to visit Grover Zampa Vineyard I took it up in glee anticipation.

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review – Indian Travel Blog

Vineyards require temperate climate to flourish and there are only 2 places in India that supports this – Bangalore and Nasik. The best time to visit a vineyard is between January and March when the grapes are in full flourish and you might even get a chance to stomp on grapes – which according to me, is the best thing you can do.

Grover Zampa Vineyard is located near Nandi Hills, Bangalore amidst the beautiful lush greenery. We were greeted with glasses of sparkling white wine before we were taken on the tour by Karishma Grover. We first visited the Vineyards which covers acres of land and were treated to the sight of rich grape vines. The grapes tasted sweet and the view beautiful. We were then introduced to the art of wine making which, if you are a novice to wine-making like me, is not only fascinating but simple enough to understand.

The process involves meticulous grape selection where only the best grapes are selected, whole-bunch pressing technique to preserve the freshness and maintain the softness of the wine and new oak barrels aging for Grovers premium wines which gives the wines interesting spice, vanilla or even smoky aromas and enables you to keep them for a longer time[this was a revelation to me because I always thought aromas were added to wines].

We then reached wine-tasting in a woody room filled with wine barrels which ensured that we were always engulfed in aromas – Wine tasting at Grovers is a treat to all your senses not just your taste. We tasted a few different wines that Grover has to offer – La Reserve, Rose, Vijay Amritraj Reserve red and white – over cheese and crackers while listening to Karishma explain how each of them were processed and which wine pairs best with which cuisine. If you are wondering what goes best with the spicy Indian affair, the answer is Rose of course, which also happens to be my favourite.

We then retreated to the restaurant where we had sumptuous Indian meals with glasses of Rose for company and conversations covering all topics under the sun. I was then treated to a surprise grapes stomping session – This was a surprise because, grape stomping is only arranged for those who request it and I only remember mentioning it to Karishma in passing and she was thoughtful enough to arrange one for us. If you want to stomp grapes on your visit then make sure to inform them well in advance so that they can arrange it for you.

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review – Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review – Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review – Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review – Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

Meticulous selection of grapes at Grover Zampa Winery

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

whole-bunch pressing technique to preserve the freshness and maintain the softness of the wine at the Grover Zampa Winery

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

Wine from the cellars at Grover Zampa Winery

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

Wines we tasted at the Grover Zampa Winery

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

new oak barrels aging for Grovers premium wines which gives the wines interesting spice, vanilla or even smoky aromas at Grover Zampa Winery

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

Grape Stomping at the Grover Zampa Winery Bangalore

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review – Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review – Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review – Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review – Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review – Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review – Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review – Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review – Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review - Indian Travel Blog

Grover Zampa Vineyard Tour Review – Indian Travel Blog


All the information you need –

Location – Grover Zampa Winery, Bangalore{you can book your visit on the website}

Outfit – Dresslily, Its an excellent place to buy bohemian pieces like this cute dress. I have reviewed it previously on the blog here. You can buy the shoes here and dress here.


Overall it was a pleasant experience and a treat to my senses. If you enjoy wine, you will enjoy learning how its made even more. I cannot wait to visit them again soon.

xoxo

S

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