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Wine-tasting anyone? Head to Nasik's 'India Grape Harvest, Wine Festival 2018'

Nashik, February 8 : 'Sula Vineyards' is must go destination to taste different wines! While Maharashtra has organized wine festival for the first time tomorrow- 'India Grape Harvest, Wine Festival 2018' which will go on until 11th March.

'India Grape Harvest, Wine Festival 2018' aims to promote wines made in 40-odd vineyards and wineries of Nashik. Aimed at promoting agro-and wine tourism, this festival is an initiative of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), a government subsidiary that works for tourism development in the state.

The festival will be organised in and around Nashik with the help of various vineyards. It consists of an exhibition of the best wines at various vineyards, social and cultural events and a carnival, said Jaykumar Rawal, State Tourism Minister.

Aashutosh Rathod, Joint Managing Director, MTDC, said "We have chosen Nashik as it has become the wine capital of the country. Tourists will be able to taste the best variety of wines at the exhibition.

In all, 72 types of wines will be made available."

"We will hold interactive sessions between well-known Indian and foreign wine manufacturing firms. The firms are coming from Stuttgart (Germany), Wakayama (Japan) and some France," he said.

The MTDC has chosen two campsites at Vallonne vineyard and Vinchur wine park where tourists can experience local food with the best variety of wines. Apart from this, various events will be organised at 14 vineyards that includes masterclass cooking by using wine.

The festival will be inaugurated at Sahyadri farm, grape processing centre which is a co-operative firm run by 6,000 farmers by Rawal and Girish Mahajan, guardian minister of Nashik.

The route of the carnival is yet to be finalised, said Jagdish Holkar, Chairman, wine tourism committee, which comes under the state tourism department.

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