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
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.
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',