Thursday, 13 September 2012

Trip to Four Seasons Winery and Vineyard

Wine is bottled poetry - Robert Louis Stevenson

A few days back, I had a chance to see the Four Seasons Winery of the UB group at Baramati near Pune, Maharashtra. Being related to the chief winemaker, Abhay Kewadkar, has its perks. Hubs and I travelled to Baramati one fine morning and reached the Winery in around two hours.


The minute you get close to the Vineyards, you can see a majestic  building surrounded by vineyards. The building is styled as a French château and looks really pretty.






The Winery has fourteen suites where people can come and live. The suites are luxuriously decorated and very comfortable. The suites overlook the vineyard and each one has a balcony where you can sit and enjoy the beautiful view of the rolling hills and the vineyard.



           Beautifully landscaped interiors inside the Château


The lovely stained glass windows


Another beautiful piece


         A swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a large party deck that overlooks the vineyard.

               The lovely Bar and Dining room

       The Lab and tasting room where they check the quality of wine

             The crushing room where the grapes are brought after being harvested 

     The bottling and labelling room

 The pressed grape juice is stored in these huge steel drums that are temperature controlled. The juice is left to ferment so that it turns into wine.



Some of the Red wine is stored in Oak barrels for it to mature. The Red wine can take anything from 6 months - 3 years to mature.



The barrel hall at Four Seasons Winery is in a cool dark place in the basement. 


   One of Four Seasons most expensive wines. This wine has been matured in Oak Barrels.


It was an incredible experience to see the whole wine making process and enjoy the sumptuous wine and food served there. My smile says it all.

The wine culture is steadily gaining popularity in India amongst people who enjoy liquor. Wine tourism has become fashionable these days, with more people visiting wineries as a holiday destination. Wines are here to stay, as many people are now enjoying a glass or two of wine with their Tandoori chicken and Fish Tikka, instead of Hard liquor.

Do you think a Winery is a good holiday destination?

To know more about Fours Seasons check out their website

Click here, to see an illustrated guide of 'How wine is made',

32 comments:

Anjali Nair said...

Yay!! So glad you got to visit. Its a beautiful place.

Janu said...

This is really awesome. Were you invited/

Lazy Pineapple said...

It is indeed a beautiful place. We should go there when you come to India.

Lazy Pineapple said...

Oh Yeah I was :)

Rachna Srivastava Parmar said...

Seems like loads of fun! You took me back to my trip to Napa valley where we did the same circuit.

Lazy Pineapple said...

ooh lala that must have been wonderful :)

NS said...

Excellent! I have never been to a winery before and this was so interesting! Lucky you.

Deepak Amembal said...

Wow! Would love to visit this Winery!!

Corinne Rodrigues said...

Sometimes our relatives do help, huh? ;) What a beautiful place this seems to be and I would absolutely love to holiday there. Glad you had a good time!

Prashanth Kishan said...

Nice Post. Just last weekend I went on a wine-tasting experience near Bangalore. It is not as grand as Four Seasons, but certainly a nice experience. Check out my blog post on that: http://mudnigga.blogspot.com/2012/09/heritage-wine-tour-chennapatna.html Btw how much does the suites cost for a day's stay over there?

Rachna Srivastava Parmar said...

It was awesome and in the first year of our marriage, super romantic too :). There was this absolutely handsome owner who took us on the trip of his vineyard. It was a true treat the whole tour. And, then we went a bit further to see a natural geyser. This was in California, ah precious days!

Ruchira Shukla said...

My only wine - tasting experience was near Niagra falls area in Canada. It was fantastic driving through wine country ! I love the pics of the stain glass windows that you have taken.

Lazy Pineapple said...

There is are a few wineries in India where you could go and see this whole thing yourself :)

Lazy Pineapple said...

We are planning something. Let me see if the trip falls in place. Will definitely let you know so you can come along.

Lazy Pineapple said...

Absolutely corinne :) It was quite a lovely place . They are yet to open it to the public but let me see If I can arrange something.

Lazy Pineapple said...

Thanks Prashanth. The have not yet open to public. They are planning to do so this year I presume.

Lazy Pineapple said...

Wow that must have been so romantic :) The windows looked so lovely. I had to click a picture..

Susan Deborah said...

Seeing the pictures, I could not in the least think of it as India. Sure, India is lustily waking to the pleasures of wines and other fun stuff. And, if one holidays there, do they give drinks on the house everyday?


I am sure you had a funtastic time there.


Joy always,
Susan

Lakshmi Rajan said...

lovely! Would love to visit the place sometime in future! I would say am a new convert to wine culture and the credit goes to Abhay Kewadkar. The wine tasting session I had with him in Bangalore was an eye or should I say, taste opener for me! :)

And ya, small world! surprised to know he is your jiju :)

Psych Babbler said...

Seems like a great place! Didn't even know there was a winery near Pune. Ah wine...what would we do without it??? :D

Lazy Pineapple said...

These days there are many wineries in India Susan. The whole idea of this winery is to look like a winery in France. Yes they did give us wines to taste :) and I did have a great time.

Lazy Pineapple said...

Good to know that you started enjoying wine now :) It is a beautiful place and you must make a trip there. You will love it.
I believe in 6 degrees of separation...

Lazy Pineapple said...

Yes it was PB. There are quite a few wineries in India now. There is one more in Nashik called Sula Vineyards.

Deepak Amembal said...

Lovely! Thank you!

Lazy Pineapple said...

Welcome Deepak :)

Roshni AaMom said...

wow! looks like an amazing place! I loved the stained glass windows! Pity they don't crush the grapes as they used to do in the olden days! :P
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Shilpa Garg said...

Wow!! Four Seasons Winery is so very impressive!! Must be a cool, enriching and intoxicating experience! :D

Lazy Pineapple said...

It was a fabulous place...and yes I would have loved to crush grapes with my feet. It is kinds unhygienic on second thought :)

Ankit Tolia said...

Hi, i came across you blog when i was trying to find the experience at Four Seasons Vineyard. I have been trying to get the contact details to book my Tour & Accommodation but its not posted on their website & nor can i find it on the internet. Can you pls help me with the contact details & the person to get in touch with at the Baramati Winery. Will really appreciate your help in this matter

Lazy Pineapple said...

HI Ankit. The Four seasons Vineyard people have yet to throw the doors open for everyone. This was a private trip. I was able to visit the place because I am related to someone who works there.

Ankit Tolia said...

Hi, thanks for your prompt reply & thanks for the info.

Sidharth said...

Do I need to have any contract to visit the farms? Can't a normal dude from the public visit them?

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