Grape Escape: Grover Zampa Vineyards

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Nestled amidst the verdant Nandi Hills, the Grover Zampa Vineyards are home to breathtaking views and delectable award-winning wines and experiences that guarantee unforgettable memories that are sure to keep you coming back for more. Be a part of this exquisite adventure of wine and conversations, as you dive into the whimsical world of fine grapes and extraordinary escapes. Grover Zampa Vineyards – India’s most awarded wine producers and pioneers of winemaking is located in India’s richest wine region: the Nandi Hills. The brand has taken stringent precautions and adapted to the New Normal to ensure utmost safety.

Nestled in the most scenic region dotted with sloping green hillsides and miles of forestland; it is inhabited by incredibly beautiful wildlife. It is spread over 300 acres on the foothills of Nandi Hills and is situated at 920 meters above the sea level. It grows grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Clairette and Chardonnay. Dodballapur area on the outskirts of Bangalore has triumphantly risen 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 dotted with sloping green hillsides and miles of forestland, inhabited with incredibly beautiful wildlife. In such paradisiacal landscape, stand the Grover Zampa Vineyards spread over 410 acres and nestled on the foothills of the Nandi Hills.

Spend a day out at the sprawling Grover Zampa Vineyards in Bangalore. Wine masters at Grover Zampa capture the essence of grapes carefully through international techniques and practices reliably brought to India. Their delicious basket of quality wines express their terroir & are grown combining unique climate & soil conditions. Grapes are hand-harvested & meticulous grape selection on sorting tables helps maintain a high level of quality.

Choose from an array of curated day tours, especially designed to satiate the aficionado in you! There are two tours in a day that include a visit to the vineyard, winery & wine tasting with an ace sommelier (6 varietals: Insignia, Chêne, Vendages Tardives (Dessert Wine), La Réserve Royale Brut, Vijay Amritraj White, Art Collection Shiraz Rosé) & Grape Stomping. Their restaurant serves delicious gourmet cuisine paired with a wine of your choice.

The winery tour starts from the crushing unit & moves on to the wine-making process – filtering, processing, fermentation, storing in tanks, bottling, labelling & packaging of wine bottles. The barrel room is where they age their premium brands of wine like La Réserve, Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection & Insignia in the imported oak barrels & is filled with the grapey goodness. At the Grover Zampa Vineyards and picturesque winery tour, you can witness some of the world class wine-making techniques.

Grover Zampa Vineyards (GZV), India’s leading fine wine producer and exporter, owns wineries and vineyards in both the Nandi Hills in Karnataka and in the Nashik Valley in Maharashtra. GZV boasts of the most impressive pedigree in the Indian wine industry today and is also the largest exporter of wines from India to over 20 countries. Working with limited yields, sustainable viticulture practices and selective hand harvesting, the winemaking is carried out by a team of local oenologists under the direction of international French wine consultant Michel Rolland and French winemaker Mathias Pellisard. As a result of this commitment to quality, GZV has won 173 international awards for 14 wines since 2013, from 10 competitions, across 3 continents, which is a manifestation of its true craftsmanship and unwavering fortitude. In 2018 Grover Zampa won winery of the year at the Asian Wine Review, Hong Kong as well as best Rosé for its Art Collection. The brand has been recognised for its offerings at SAKURA Japan Women’s Wine Awards 2019; Asian Wine Review 2019 and many more.

Some of the wines from their wide wine bouquet include
Grover Chêne Grande Reserve Chardonnay – Taking inspiration from the qualities of the oak tree; strength, commitment, and joy, Grover Zampa Vineyards brings to you Grover Chêne Grande Reserve Chardonnay. The new Chêne Grande Reserve Chardonnay is the most graceful white wine which has been aged for 9 months in French oak barrels. This gives it a rich creamy texture with a toasty flavour and hints of vanilla. Made from premium Chardonnay grapes, this wine is the best expression of Indian terroir and an extension of our estate bottled Chêne Grande Reserve. Exhibiting the subtle and elegant aromas of nectarine, hazelnuts, vanilla, and crème brûlèe, this delectable wine consists of concentrated flavours of apple, pear, and green plums. The Grover Chêne Grande Reserve Chardonnay pairs beautifully with light and delicate food such as steamed or grilled fish, lightly cooked crab, prawns, pasta and risotto with spring vegetables. The texture and smoothness of the wine also pairs well with cream enhanced soups, mildly spiced creamy Indian curries with spinach, potatoes, fish and poultry.

Their premium French wines under the coveted La Réserve range – India’s most awarded wine producers and pioneers of wine-making – Grover Zampa Vineyards have launched a premium range of International wines under their flagship La Réserve label in collaboration with Chateau D’ Etroyes – an estate deeply rooted in the fabric of French winemaking. Under this partnership, the two novel additions – La Réserve Chardonnay and La Réserve Pinot Noir take pride in a rich lineage with ancestries from the Burgundy region, where special care is taken to ensure that the essence of each terroir is preserved and revealed in every bottle. The wines have been created with passion and veneration for tradition, boasting of unique tangs that are sure to appease the Indian wine aficionados. Speaking on the launch, Vivek Chandramohan, Chief Executive Officer says, “At Grover Zampa Vineyards, we are consistently looking at diversifying our portfolio and bringing some of the most sought-after ranges of wine to the table. We have launched the finest La Réserve label in collaboration with Chateau D’ Etroyes that boasts of the rich history in French winemaking. Our new premium additions, La Réserve Chardonnay and La Réserve Pinot Noir are matured in French Oak barrels for 12 months to deliver the intricate complexity of taste and aroma. As an extension to our flagship La Réserve label, the launch of exclusive wines from our stable is sure to impress the wine connoisseurs.”

La Réserve Chardonnay – The Chardonnay is perhaps one of the most popular white wine varietals for its rich, clean and oaky attributes. La Réserve Chardonnay has a pale yellow appearance with fragrant notes of fresh peach, melon, tropical fruit and a hint of lemon zest. Aged for 12 months in French Oak barrels, the wine appears rich and full on the palate, and is complimented with soft oak notes and crisp acidity. Best served at 8 – 10 degrees Celsius, the wine pairs deliciously with salmon and lemon butter, goat cheese, Caesar salad and Indian accompaniments such as malai chicken tikka, tandoori crab or lobster and vegetable biryanis.

La Réserve Pinot Noir – La Réserve Pinot Noir, in its ruby red appearance is the definition of grace and strength. Matured for 12 months in French Oak barrels, the aromas are typically of an elegant bouquet of floral, berry fruit with a hint of soft oak notes. Layered with notes of red fruits like strawberry and raspberry, it combines grace, majesty and complexity on the palate. La Réserve Pinot Noir pairs best with baked veal, poultry dishes and varied Indian platters like mutton keema, paneer tikka and chicken curries.

Vendanges Tardives – Coming from mature vines located on Nandi Hills, the Grover Vendanges Tardives is a rich, intense, full-bodied wine of uncommon grace and elegance. An exquisite offering with iconic gold shades and hues of green, it delivers floral notes with traces of spices and apricot. On the palate, it offers textural richness and silk, balanced by hints of oak, citrus zest and a mineral character that lingers effortlessly on the finish.

La Réserve Royale Brut – La Reserve Royale Brut is partly fermented in barrels and aged for more than 30 months. This delicate wine with tiny persistent bubbles, reveals a very clear, fine and complex bouquet of lemon zest, flowers, fresh hazelnuts and brioche. On the palate, the wine is elegant and refined with mineral notes in a long, persistent finish, it pairs perfectly with salads, scallops or mussels, white fish, charcuterie/cold cuts, fried chicken, goat cheese and sushi.

Vintage of Insignia – The signature wine is fermented in French oak barrels for 24 months intensifying the richness of handpicked Shiraz grapes all from a single vineyard. Insignia is a dry wine with medium body with layers of complexity leading to a meandering trail of fruit-berries, coffee and chocolate, with a hint of black pepper. The ripe tannins and oak fuse into the wine seamlessly and unfolds a long and smooth finish. Savour it with a light roast or red meat, kebabs, some light cheese, or even mildly spiced Asian cuisine.

First bottled mulled wine just in time for Christmas by Grover Zampa Vineyards – One Tree Hill Mulled Wine – With Christmas and New Years’ celebrations around the corner, Grover Zampa Vineyards is all set to add on the festive spirit with its latest and newest offering. India’s leading fine wine producer introduces the country’s first-ever bottled mulled wine – One Tree Hill Mulled Wine. Traditionally savored during the winter around the holiday season, mulled wine, is a concoction of spices blended perfectly to keep you warm. Taking inspiration from the traditional Indian Kadha recipe which comprises Indian spices and herbs, the wine is infused with spices like black peppers, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, tulsi, cardamom, and lemon topped with star anise, parsley, fennel, cumin seeds, orange peel, and kapok buds. The One Tree Hill Mulled Wine gives an Indian twist to this European classic making it a perfect drink to get cozy this winter with friends and family. A combination of the traditional Indian spices with the wine leaves you with a warm and soothing taste.

Speaking on introducing mulled wines to India, Vivek Chandramohan, Chief Executive Officer says, “As a connoisseur, it is important to keep innovating and offering consumers a unique and different experience with every wine. As it is the first-ever homegrown mulled wine in India, we have added a touch of the Indian heritage taking notes from the age-old kadha recipe. The warmth of the wine fused with the natural benefits of Indian spices also works as a great antidote to the winter chills when consumed moderately. The interactive label is also designed with festive feels to create a connection with young wine drinkers.”

Where: Raghunathapur, Doddaballapur Rd, Bengaluru, Karnataka.
www.groverzampa.in

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