February is the time when the winter hasn’t completely gone and the summer heat hasn’t really begun, making it a good time to travel. Now, in this beautiful weather, imagine walking across a vineyard, sipping on some locally produced wine! Sounds like a plan, right?
So, if you haven’t already planned a trip yet, think no more and head to Nashik. The state government is organising its first wine festival in Nashik from 9th February-11th March. ‘India Grape Harvest, Wine Festival 2018’ is being organised with the aim to promote wines produced in over 40 vineyards and wineries across Nashik.
MTDC has taken this initiative to boost agro- and wine tourism in the state. According to the state’s Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal, the festival is going to be organised in various vineyards in and around Nashik, and will have an exhibition of some of best wines produced in the local vineyards. The exhibition will be accompanied by various cultural events and carnivals.
Talking about the idea behind organising the wine festival, MTDC joint managing director Ashutosh Rathod said, “We have chosen Nashik as it has become the wine capital of the country. Tourists will be able to taste best variety of wines at the exhibition. In all, 72 types of wines will be made available.”
“We will hold interactive sessions between well-known Indian and foreign wine manufacturing firms… The firms are coming from Stuttgart (Germany), Wakayama (Japan) and some France,” he added.
Two campsites have been chosen in Vallonne and Vinchur vineyards for tourists to experience the best varieties of wine with local food. Cultural events will also be organised at 14 different vineyards across the city.
The event will be inaugurated by Jaykumar Rawal and the guardian minister of Nashik, Girish Mahajan at Sahyadri farms. The closing ceremony will be a 4km long carnival walk in Nashik.
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information source: hindustantimes