Sunday, May 1, 2011

A vineyard in Bengaluru's backyard - Grover Vineyards

About 40 kilometers towards north of Bangalore, lies a region that has only recently come to the attention of the rest of the world. Today, it has risen triumphantly as a rich wine producing area which was once known as Tipu Sultan’s and later, the British summer retreat. Nandi Hills is a picturesque region dottedwith sloping green hillsides and miles of forestland, inhabited with incredibly beautiful wild life. In this paradisiacal landscape stand Grover vineyards.

The region offers travelers tranquil surroundings, a rich history, beautiful vistas and allows them to train their binoculars over the spectacular Asian Paradise Flycatchers, Bulbuls, Blue Capped Rock Thrush, Tawny Eagles, Puff-throated Babblers etc.

Spread over 410 acres and nestled on the foothills of the Nandi Hills are Grover vineyards, credited with starting the Premium Indian wine industry and slowly transforming India’s reputation as a maker of
exciting wines to a producer of world-class, award winning wines.

The vineyards are covered with lush grapes, strung from trellises, covering every available space on the soil in the valley. It flourishes with Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

The climate of the Nandi Hills is unique. Temperatures vary from 23°-29° C in summers and 11°-21° C in winters. The vine growing season, the longest in India thanks to the natural protection of the
Nandi Hills against the monsoon, enables the grapes to reach perfect maturity. Moderate rain strike, sunny days and cool nights create a unique temperate microclimate.

In addition, the diverse well drained rich limestone soils of the region give to our wines their distinctive, terroir-driven earthiness with depth, richness and aromatic complexity.

To enhance the image of India as a world class wine haven no stones  are been left unturned. More fertile lands are being added to the 50,000 hectares already under cultivation. With a production of 10 million
litres annually from 30,000 hectares, Maharashtra leads among the States followed by Karnataka producing 1.8 million litres on 12,000 hectares. Nashik, Pune and Sangli (Maharashtra) and Bangalore, Chikkaballapur,
 Bagalkot Belgaum, Bijapur and the Nandi Hills Region (NHR), Karnataka are some of the foremost wine manufacturing and exporting destinations.

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