Ever since I started preferring to drink wine over any others alcohol I began to be fascinated with the concept of vineyards and wine tasting events.
In wake of this quest, I visited two notable vineyards in France and one in Nashik, India but at neither places did I get around to experience the (seemingly) glamorous activity of grape stomping. A huge wooden tub or barrel, filled with grapes (preferably purple as they look vivacious when macerated) and you get into it in bare feet and stomp away to your heart’s content – isn’t this mental image vicariously cool? Who wouldn’t want to do it?
On recent trip to Bangalore a girlfriend suggested to take me out for grape stomping to a local Vineyard with her gang of besties and I jumped at it. Can you envision the ruckus half a dozen women can bring about?
Vineyard chosen for this perfect crime was Heritage winery which is situated in Ram Nagar district of Karnataka – a mere 2 hours drive from Bangalore, in Channapatna district.
We headed into a wine tasting session, which was brilliantly conducted by the sommelier for he was indeed very well versed in the nuances to spot while checking out a wine. From swirling, shaking, gargling, hacking to swallowing – he made it seem like such an energised routine as he counted down the seconds for each step. I was zapped to detect petroleum, capsicum and even sulphur in a wine as he explained the science behind it all – whooo! (can you remember if you ever tasted any funny flavours in your glass of vino)
The local wine was pretty good and after tasting about six of them my head was spinning out of control. That’s when we decided it’s a good idea to get a spot of lunch to fill our empty stomachs and rest the wine induced haze.
Of course the lunch was accompanied with pitchers of sangria 😉 and stretched into a languid three-hour spree, much gaiety and laughter followed ofcourse! (I dont have “permission” to share pics with people in it!!!!)
Finally at 4 O’clock we undid the shoes and climbed into a huge wooden tub into which a few women were emptying out baskets of purple grapes. ( this barrel like tub is so cool, I wanted to lie in it and bask 😉 )
It was the most incredible moment of my life was I started to pound on the soft grapes, squashing onto them with all my might. The organisers had set up some foot thumping music which got us all into the groove to shake it like never before!! We did just that, pulverizing the juicy grapes to a purple-red pulpy mass while slithering and sloshing all over the tub – it was pretty slippery. (we did wonder if this mess would be distilled into a bottle of wine or just thrown away)
I think this was the perfect stress busting moment in my life and I can’t wait to relive it again and I must recommend it to all at least once in their lives.
After we all washed off the gooey pulp, the six ladies unanimously concurred that this was the best pedicure we have ever had and it works super as a tan removing procedure too. It was an incredible experience, made special by the company of fun-loving gang of girls!!
“In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it.”
― Napoleon Bonaparte
Have you ever attended a wine tasting session?
How about grapestomping?
How does this sound to you?
- Heritage winery is situated about two hours on Bangalore-Mysore road towards, Channapatna.
- Nashik in Maharashtra is another region famous for its vineyards in India.
- Wine tasting session, vineyard tour and the grapestomping costed us about 800/- each. Lunch was extra at their in-house restaurant.
- Best to visit on a weekday when the Sommelier is more relaxed to stretch the 30 minute tasting session to an hour.
- Weekend lunch was a very slow affair as too many guests and too little staff – so be prepared for the wait
- Sommelier’s accent was a little difficult for me to follow; but he was an incredible sport & passionate about his work.
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