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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. I love the sight of those perfectly manicured and lined up grape vines with huge bunches hanging off them.

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?

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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 energized 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)

“In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it.” ― Napoleon Bonaparte

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 of course! (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 😉 )

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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 organizers 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!!

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Fact File:

  • 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 grape stomping 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.

Have you ever attended a wine tasting session?  How about grape stomping?  How does this sound to you?

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70 thoughts on “Grape Stomping in a Vineyard in Bangalore | Travel Tales |

  1. This is so very cool! Enjoyed reading your account. Yet to visit a vineyard, though the idea didn’t excite me till recently when I started enjoying Merlot. Sangria though has been a personal favourite for a while now. And you do know so. After all it stirred the hornets nest.

    Jokes apart, have to catch up on your other posts. Great going Shalzy

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    1. Thanks Natasha. Yeah the fancy struck me also only after I started drinking wines. I love Sangria too but am extremely fussy about it. One of my friends is a whiz at it and I love it in her house.

  2. Woah!! Something I will definitely want to try. Nashik is not much far from my place but Why there’s not grape stomping..sigh 🙁
    Mr. Napoleon said that correct 😛

    1. Thanks year. There is grape stomping in Nashik but during the Sula fest only. I think it happens on Feb.

  3. My extended family had a winery and this is exactly how the mashed up grapes. Hard to imagine there isn’t a more techie way of doing it!

    1. Oh I didn’t know that it’s done so for the entire process still. I thought this is just for fun and the main thing is now mechanised.

  4. A whole post about grapes and ahem wine – my favourite tipple. I love that you’ve posted the same kind of photo as me for this post. I’ve tried grape stomping and think its super cool. Lovely post

  5. Some years ago when my brother visited NZ we went on a vineyard tour and wine tasting. Even though both of us don’t drink alcohol, we tried out the various wines. In the end we both concluded that all the wines tasted the same. Still, if I had to choose, I would choose red over white. Grape stomping looks like fun but a tad unhygenic.

  6. Oh WOW! You actually got to do this? That is sooooo amazing! 😀 😀 😀
    I first came to know about this “grape stomping” in the movie “A walk in the clouds”. And you actually got to do it! Oh man! 😀
    If you could just see me now… I’m literally grinning from ear to ear!
    I had no idea this even happened in India!
    You are one lucky girl!
    😀 😀 😀
    Happy AtoZing!
    Chicky @ http://www.mysteriouskaddu.com

    1. Kaddu I can feel you jumping up and down as I read this Thanks so much!!!

      Yeah that movie inspired me too- ooof I loved that movie too.
      This was all thanks to my bangalore friends who took me for a really fun filled day.
      I hope you get to do it soonest too.

  7. this looks so much fun 😀 Now I really really wanna do this, with a glass of wine in hand of course 😀 I wish I knew about this when I was living there.

    1. I think this is a latest addition to the Bangalore scene as when I was there in 2010 , this was not happening there Raj. I am surprised you don’t have this in OZ…..

  8. Wow! That’s some experience and I would love to do some grape stomping sometimes soon too. I am curious to know what they did with the pulpy mashed grapes?? I hope they dont make wine with that??

  9. Bangalore just gets more and more irresistible, especially when I am discovering these little stories through your posts. The off-beat Bangalore. Nice!

  10. I’ve been to a few of the world’s best vineyards but have never indulged in grape stomping. Your account makes me wish to go visit one with my girl gang right now.
    Great pictures Shalini 🙂

  11. Oh wow..
    Now this did put me crazy..
    I have had “pure wine” a few times; and it was the best..
    Now looking at your pics & reading this..
    I just want to be involved in the whole activity & take home a huge barrel of wine 😀

  12. That was a nice read. I can only imagine how much fun it would have been. Seems to be a very relaxing activity.
    I always think of grapes stomping as one of very ‘romantic & happy’ activity because of #Bollywood.
    Thanks for sharing really enjoyed reading it.
    Best Wished!

  13. I enjoy going to wineries and doing tastings, but have never done a grape stomping. I’m not sure if I would like it or not although I do like new adventures so I’d probably give it a go. All I can think of is the classic “I Love Lucy” episode. WeekendsInMaine

    1. It was pure unadulterated fun, esp with so many other fun loving girlies.:-)

      You must try it out soon Adi

  14. MMMM. Sangria. I had a guy explain grape stomping to me once. He and I dated one summer and then he moved out west to work in wine. Thanks for sarong this. I was hoping to find some travel related A to Z themed blogs this month.

  15. Oh this has so been my dream. We live a few hours drive from Nashik and I’ve been planning for ever to get there. This makes me want to go even more. I just watched a re-run of French Kiss and that made me want to visit a vineyard right away.

    1. Oh I was watching French Kiss just today. I love that movie so much…… I hope you get to visit this experience soonest 🙂

  16. I recently did a wine tasting at Biltmore Estates when I visited last month. I like wine, but I don’t know a lot about it or really what kind I like so wine tastings are fun. Donna from Girl Who Reads

  17. I remember seeing grape stomping as part of a television show actually. 🙂 I don’t remember which, but it was quite fun watching one team outrace the other very quickly. I drink only wine, and very rarely, but it’s one thing I savor! I hope I get the experience once too.

  18. It does sound like a great girl’s day out. It makes me think of Tom Sawyer getting his fence painted by making it seem a game. I imagine, they have an enormous grape crushing machine. One thing good about fermentation, the alcohol sterilizes it all. I doubt they wasted those grapes.

    1. Ooh Ann you think so? My god now that isn’t a pretty thought. I wonder whose feet trampled the grapes I just finished a bottle of??? 😉

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