Bingeing in Baramati


Last week I had a chance to visit Four Season’s beautiful Vineyard in Baramati, near Pune….which is in Maharashtra if you are geographically challenged. Despite climatic constraints, that region of India is apparently suitable for viticulture. And since the produce of the aforementioned activity is a major ingredient of any wine, it is but natural that some of the major Indian Vineyards are located there.

It was an all paid trip, a nights stay as their guest at Chateau de Quatre Saisons (It is not exactly called that but I could not skip a chance at being pretentious). There were 9 of us; 3 from Delhi (2 from Noida technically), 2 from Bangalore and 4 from Bombay. So it was quite a good gathering. All bloggers from different walks of life.

We arrived at the Chateau on the afternoon of 19th February. Our stay began with a four course lunch, each course paired well with a wine. This was followed by the tour of the wine making facility. There too we were given tastes of different wines at various stages of fermentation and also directly from the oak barrels. The process from juice extraction to bottling is automated under human supervision of course. The wine maker’s task is to keep tabs on the wine at various stages of development and to check for any anomaly, and to deduce it if any. Wine keeps changing texture during the various stages and it has to be kept on a leash to ensure a good final product in the market.

 Experimentations keep happening. During lunch on both days we were served a Late Harvest Chenin Blanc with dessert, which they had made for themselves. It was a sweet wine with a fairly good alcohol content. Similarly, we were served a Sparkling Rose which they are planning to market soon. Dinner that night was a barbecue and fancy cheese near the pool, with live performance by a classical sitar layer accompanied by a tabla.

Early morning the next day, we went for a walk through the vineyard. It is a huge country side and we were shown photos of hyenas, foxes and deer that roam around. Sadly we did not trek that far to pay a visit to our wild neighbours. But we did see their photographs. Lunch again was a four course affair and wine. And then sadly, we had to bid adieu to both the beautiful countryside and our gracious guests.

I shall stop speaking now and let you enjoy the photographs I had clicked. A picture, afterall is worth a thousand words. Also I want to make you jealous as that would feed my ego.

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Lunch 1, Course 1 accompanied by Sauvignon Blanc

Lunch 1, Course 1 accompanied by Sauvignon Blanc

Followed by course 2 and a glass of Viognier

Followed by course 2 and a glass of Viognier

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And the Late Hrvest Chenin Blanc

And the Late Hrvest Chenin Blanc

A glass of Merlot with the main course

A glass of Merlot with the main course

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The cloudy texture will tell you that this is just a couple weeks into the fermentation process

The cloudy texture will tell you that this is just a couple weeks into the fermentation process

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A flute glass filled with Sparkling Rose

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The Reserve Shiraz 2009 served with the barbecue and cheese

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They were too drunk

They were too drunk

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Lunch 2, Course 1 – Chenin Blanc accompanies the food

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A glass of Rose with the appetizers

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For the main course there was a choice between the Viognier and Shiraz. It was a 2009 Reserve Shiraz.

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And again the Late Harvest Chenin Blanc with the dessert

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2 Responses to “Bingeing in Baramati”
  1. Rajlakshmi says:

    Not a huge fan of wine… but the pictures look absolutely delightful …
    PS – Do you have another blog… I remember seeing these pictures somewhere.

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