Monsoons are a wonderful time to visit the region around Nashik, home to majority of the Wine makers of India. The lush green scenic valleys, mountains and countryside are a sight to behold.
We are at the top of the mountain which is home to the Pause Vineyards.
A gentle cool breeze , natural beauty and a glass of the finest Wine from Pause Wines: what more can you ask for? Hema this is the land for you.
The picture that follows was specially taken with you in mind.This is the Pause Vineyard , 25 kms from Dindori.
The grapes for wine are relatively smaller than the grapes cultivated for consumption as fruits. They are marked and segregated based on the type of wine they would be used to make.
While the reason for the trip was to visit the vineyards what amazed me was to see how our vegetables were grown. I share this joy with you. The winery of Pause Wines is home to these vegetable farms as well.
A large number of the vegetables are grown in enormous green houses which are irrigated by modern drip irrigation systems.You can see one such green house in the picture on the right . A brinjal farm can be seen in the foreground .
It was educative to see Capsicum/Bell Peppers grow on creepers growing up to 21 feet.( 7 m) . Do observe the beautiful flowers. In Hindi we call them Shimla Mirch. The weather is as in Shimla; comfortable 24 C.
We have often seen vegetables sold in markets, but seeing them being cultivated on this scale was a first for me . Now seeing the brinjals and capsicums being sold by these charming vegetable vendors on the way back had donned a new meaning.
Could we leave without tasting the wine which was paired with the local cuisine using these Farm fresh vegetables.
The chef from Pause Wines insisted on pairing the wine with the local Maharashtrian food.It not only looks great , it was the best meal of the trip. The Brinjal was the best I have ever had .It is the second dish from the left in the picture below.
The Local bread is called Bhakri, which is hand rolled and then cooked over a wood fire. It is made from Indian millets called Jowar or Bajra. We were fortunate to see them grow as well. They are rich in vitamins, fiber and antioxidants.
It is very rare to be able to experience food and wine from Roots to Table, the wine tasting festival had enabled precisely that.
These lovely cows in rust accompany us on our way back to Nashik.
The natural beauty will leave you spellbound. Hundreds of waterfalls and rivers gurgling will keep you mesmerized on the drive back. Take a break and visit the vineyards NOW .