Nipha Winery -a fledgeling in the Nashik Valley

Apr 20, 17 Nipha Winery -a fledgeling in the Nashik Valley

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So what do you do if you’re a microbiologist in the Antarctic and need something to do in the off-season? Start a winery of course and in India no less! To be fair, Ashok Surwade is Indian and from the Nashik Valley so it might not be such a huge leap of faith but still – he was an Antarctic researcher before chucking...

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Reveilo Wines Revealed, Italian Winemaking in India

Apr 03, 17 Reveilo Wines Revealed, Italian Winemaking in India

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One afternoon my wine guide, Manoj, called and said today we are going to the eastern part of the Nashik Valley to visit Reveilo Winery. Up until now, we had focused on the western and northern parts of the Nashik so I was curious to see what differences there would be in the wines, if any. Reveilo certainly was different, the...

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An Indian tasting room with a view, York Winery, Nasik Valley

Apr 02, 17 An Indian tasting room with a view, York Winery, Nasik Valley

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York Winery is situated on the banks of the Godavari River, which makes for a lovely view from the tasting room. Grapes always pick good locations with fantastic views, funny that, anyway… York Winery, while it may have lovely views is most probably better known for its wines. They specialize in white and sparkling wine but...

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Postcard from India – Big Banyan Chenin Blanc

Mar 14, 17 Postcard from India – Big Banyan Chenin Blanc

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Right before I left Goa I was looking for someplace to eat off the beach and stumbled across a restaurant called La La Land not far from Neptune Point – how could I resist? Plus it was a very nice set up with a lovely courtyard and a reasonable menu. I was feeling adventurous so I ordered hummous and a glass of Chenin Blanc....

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Vallone Vineyards, a boutique Indian winery in the Nashik Valley

Mar 13, 17 Vallone Vineyards, a boutique Indian winery in the Nashik Valley

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Vallone Vineyards  is one of India’s first boutique wineries and was started in 2009 by Indian wine industry veteran, Shailedra Pai. His aim was to produce French style wines in the Nashik Valley. Vallone is a neighbour of Grover Zampa, who I wrote about here, and they share similar terroir. Like most other vineyards in the...

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