Nagpur : With an aim to promote wine drinking culture in the city, ‘Nagpur Agro Development Association’ would be organizing sixth edition of its annual ‘Nagpur Wine and Food Festival’ at Chitnavis Centre on December 1 and 2. Interacting with media on Thursday, chief coordinator Sharad Phadnis said this time five wineries — Sula from Nashik which controls over 70% of the industry in India, along with Gover Zampa Rhythm Winery, Good Drop Wine Cellars and Fruzzante Wines would be participating in the event. Additionally, there would be seven food stalls offering delicious and exotic cuisine, mostly as perfect food pairing with various wines
“The festival would start from 1pm on both days Saturday and Sunday — and continue till 10.30pm. Visitors would be entertained by live band from 7Ppm-10pm on both the days. A visitor would be provided with an entrance kit for Rs400 donation coupon, consisting of wine tasting coupons, tasting glass, brochures related to wine education and other information about our club,” said Phadnis, who was accompanied by other coordinators Deepak Khanuja and Sudhir Kunte.
Khanuja informed that every year, they were getting an overwhelming response from the wine lovers, who thronged the venue in large numbers. “Last year, over 2,500 visitors, belonging to all the age groups, visited the festival and this year we’re expecting over 3,000.”
Kunte said the main attraction would be ‘grape stomping’ on both the days, which would exclusively be for women. The organizers have brought a huge wooden vat from Nashik where women can carry on stomping while dancing to the tunes of music and even win the prizes.
Khanuja pointed out that though the city boasted of big names in the hotel industry, culture of drinking wine was lagging. “Even today, wine is still served in glass. There is another misconception that old wine is better to taste, but it’s completely wrong. Any wine should be consumed within three days of opening the cork, otherwise it turns into vinegar. Always prefer fresh wine and check the dates before consuming it,” he said. Kunte added most of the wineries are located in Nashik and adjoining areas as weather there suits them, but Buldhana in Vidarbha has one winery names Ambrosia.