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Crush grapes for high spirits

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It’s tough to imagine that the dusty detour off the Pune-Hyderabad highway could be the next destination on India’s emerging oeno-tourism map. Baramati has traditionally been a large producer of table grape; the region’s tryst with wine grapes began in 2006. Four Seasons, one of India’s youngest wine brands, selected Baramati to establish its flagship winery and that move introduced a clutch of smaller vineyards in the area. Aside from the terroir (soil), Baramati’s climate conditions also make it conducive for wine grape cultivation — warm days and pleasant nights with moderate rainfall.

As far as wine production in India goes, Maharashtra has little competition — the state accounts for more than 80 per cent of the country’s grape-wine production. Nashik in Maharasthra has become synonymous with India’s bourgeoning wine industry. It is home to more wineries and vineyards than any location in India. With emerging labels and brands all set to change the complexion of Indian wines, it’s no longer just Nashik that is the epicentre of the Indian wine story.

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