Founded in 2007, Fratelli Wines is an Indo-Italian vineyard started by the Secci brothers from Italy, Sekhri brothers from Delhi, and Mohite-Patil brothers from Solapur. It is known for making the best red wine in the country—the Fratelli Sette Reserve Red. It also offers guided wine tours and tasting of a variety of red, white, and sparkling wines, including late-harvest dessert wine, dry Chenin Blanc, Sette, Chardonnay and Sangiovese Bianco. Whether you’re a novice or a dedicated wine lover, you’ll always find a wine here to suit your taste. Other than Solapur, which is its main vineyard, Fratelli operates in two more regions—Garwar and Motewadi, and all are blessed with verdant landscapes, making them a charming place where wine connoisseurs can take a tour and sample their wines. If you fancy staying for a day or two, there are several packages to choose from—you just need to make reservation ahead. Also, there is an option to rent the entire vineyard.
Fratelli Wines, Shipaiwadi, Motewadi, Maharashtra, India, +91 11 2659 2900
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Set in a beautiful vista of three artificial lakes, lush landscape and the Nheira-Ori hills, the Chateau d’Ori is a winery that every wine aficionado or anyone looking to get away for a few days will definitely enjoy. The estate has a modern winery, offering a variety of experimental blends. Known for making classic wines, like Cabernet Merlot, Viva Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc, it is also dedicated to sustainability at every step of wine-making. It also sells a range of imported wines, and even has the largest merlot plantation in India. Visitors can take a vineyard tour and savour wines at the tasting lounge of the dome-shaped winery. If you’re interested in staying, the property also has a farmhouse overlooking the artificial lakes in the midst of verdant vines.
Chateau d’Ori, Nashik, Maharashtra, India, +91 22 6506 4933
Spread across 230 acres in the Dindori area of Nashik, the Charosa Vineyards is a beautiful vineyard that charms its visitors with a Tuscan theme and modern architecture, as well as a diverse selection of wines, which are classified into three categories—reserve, selection, and pleasure. Its wines, such as Reserve Tempranillo, Sauvignon Blanc, and Voignier, are all worth trying. Featuring scenic hills, forests, and plush landscapes and exuding sophisticated ambiance, the estate is worthy of exploration.
Nestled in the foothills of the scenic Nandi Hills, Grover Zampa Vineyard is a 400-acre estate claimed to be started by the oldest viticulturist in India, Mr. Kanwal Grover and Mr. Georges Vesselle. They were the first to grow French grape varieties in India. Visitors can learn about the wine-making process, tour the vineyards, and sample the premium wines, such as Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon, among many others. The vineyard tour happens three times a day at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. It is a glorious spot to visit any time of the year, with a wealth of natural beauty rich with miles of forests, sloping green hills, and trekking trails. There is another facility in Nashik.
For a winery experience coupled with picturesque vistas, visit the York Winery, located just a stone’s throw away from Sula Vineyard. This winery has several awards under its belt for its white and red wine varieties. It’s open every day for you to enjoy the scenic views of the surrounding hills and lakes, winery tour and wine-tasting sessions. The must-try wines include the new varietal like York Sparkling Brut, and classics like Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Shiraz. Day tours of the winery are only available, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.