Nashik Wine Festival -2013

'Grape Harvest' Wine Fest Puts Nashik On The Map

 

MUMBAI: The 'Grape Harvest' Wine Festival 2013 began with much fanfare on March 2. 

Mahasrashtra PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal who inaugurated the two-day wine festival on Saturday said that such festivals were commonly held abroad and were even well-attended. He spoke to all those who attended about health and wine, and the relation between the two.

Atleast 22 wineries participated in the event organised jointly by the All-India Wine Producers Association (AIWPA) and the Indian Grape Processing Board (IGPB). The fest is said to have attracted not only leading wine manufacturers, but also connoisseurs, apart from wine-and cheese-tasting sessions by experts, seminars by those well known in the wine-making field,  a farmers' market and sessions on grape stomping, among others.

Bhujbal visited all the 30-plus stalls at the exhibition, taking his time at every stall, inspecting very keenly and taking in some information from each of them. There were stalls on organic fertilizers, organic grapes, export quality grapes, paper bags for wine bottles, wine accessories, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Girikand Tours that arranges wine tours, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), apart from the winery stalls. 

The festival saw wine and cheese tasting sessions, and performances of live rockbands like Infrared on Saturday. Day 2, on the other hand, saw Swarathma providing live entertainment to those present at the fest, live cooking in wine by celebrity chef Rakesh Talwar, discounts on wines, fresh grapes and raisins, winery and vineyard visits, western dance troupes, etc. Gourmet vegetarian and non-vegetarian food was also available at the venue.

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