There are innumerable destinations for a quick weekend getaway around Bangalore. One of those are the gorgeous Vineyards along the Nandi Hills where you can lose yourself among the vineyards nestled along these hills, and absorb the royalty of this blossoming wine region. These vineyards are spread over 410 acres and nestled on the foothills at 920 meters above the sea level. Nandi Hills possess pleasant temperature all around the year. You can visit the hill as well as the Vineyards at any time of the year and enjoy the mesmerizing view. This is a short and sweet 48 hour trip around Bangalore and an ideal destination for a weekend getaway.
The hills are located about 60km north of Bangalore. Nandi Hills offer the most beautiful landscape along with its Vineyards making it the most delightful biking or cycling experience. All you need to do is, hire a bike rental in Bangalore from Ziphop.in and roam around the ecstatic beauty of nature lying in these hills.
Where to go
Scattered near Nandi Hills are the Grover Zampa Vineyards which are famous for their iconic La Reserve red wine. The vineyards are one of the oldest wineries in India. La Reserve is a blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Grover Zampa Vineyards offer guided wine tours and the entire wine making process is explained.
What to do
You need to reach on time by 10:30 am for the guided tour to Vineyards. The entire tour is conducted by a group of professionals who are trained in vine making. The winery tour starts from the crushing unit. Sufficient information required to understand the wine-making process is first provided to the tourists. After that the understanding of filtering, processing, fermentation, storing in tanks, bottling, labelling and packaging of wine bottles etc. is given one by one. There is a barrel room where wine tasting is conducted and only the premium wines are kept for aging there. A total of five wines are offered for tasting and The tasting session takes around 60 to 90 minutes. The tour organizers inform the visitors about food and wine pairing. The wine tour lasts for around three hours. You can also purchase wine here at subsidized rates from this Vineyard.
Where to eat
Once you are done with the wine tour, their in-house chefs offer the delicious spread of buffet lunch. The weekend package of the Vineyard tour includes lunch, visit to winery and wine tasting of 5 different varieties. Outside the Vineyards there are few options like Time out Bar, AFC, NH7 Refuel and U-turn paradise which are around 10 to 15 kilometres away from the Vineyards. you can explore these on your bike rented in Bangalore from Ziphop.in.
Where to stay
There are many options for you from budget hotels to luxurious suites for your comfortable stay. Some of the best hotels in and around Nandi Hills are Discovery Village, Mount Palazzo Resort, KSTDC Mayura Pine Top and Silver Oak Farm.
Distance from Bangalore: 61.2 kilometres
Time taken: 1 hour 26 minutes