Wine & Cheese? Yes, please.

The dismal state of the Indian wine industry in 2006 greatly saddened B.Shankaranarayan, a Pune based wine enthusiast, who 8 years earlier had retired to the city. An avid globe trotter and foodie, Shankaranarayan’s love for the good life took him to many a wine festival in Australia, USA, France, Italy and Spain during his 20 year stint abroad. These days he organizes wine festivals, writes restaurant reviews for BBC Good Food India Magazine, tries his hand at cooking and supports the slow food movement.
In 2007, he conceptualised the first wine tasting festival in India and made a presentation to a group of wineries in Nashik. He was laughed out of the meeting when he proposed that wineries give free tastings to all visitors and pay rent for the stalls!
Better sense soon prevailed and the wineries participated in India’s first ever wine tasting festival at Pune in Dec. 2007 which attracted 700 people and 10 wineries. Shankaranarayan’s model proved its point and the festival was extended to Bandra , Mumbai under the aegis of Celebrate Bandra in 2009.
These festivals have set a benchmark for wine events in India. Imitated across the country, it is unmatched in its scale, style and ambiance.
Based on international models, the event it always open air on a lawn, includes complimentary tastings of wines, wine makers in attendance, wine walks with experts and fun activities such as salsa workshops, grape stomping and live music. These festivals aim to delight the senses and support the Indian wine industry.
Punekars, you no longer have to drive to Nashik to taste the best wines India has to offer and to enjoy a weekend filled with delectable food, wine, dancing, art and conversation! One of the city’s most anticipated winter events, the 8th Pune Wine Festival, will take place on Jan 10-11th, 2015.
The festival is a celebration of food and wine designed to delight your senses. You can stomp grapes, do the salsa, paint, become a wine guru and lots more.
According to festival co-ordinator, B.Shankaranarayan, “The overwhelming success of the past eight editions of the Pune Wine Festival translates into an even bigger and better 2015 festival.”

Wine enthusiasts can look forward to tasting a slew of new offerings from wineries such as Charosa, Reveilo, Oakwood, Grover Zampa, Riona, and Dios.  There’ll be a riot of reds, whites, and rosés.
As usual, the festival food court will offer a choice of cuisines from a specially dedicated Cheese counter to Shawarmas, Kebabs, Biryani,  Fondue, Burgers, Grills and more.
Organised by Monsoon Winds Pvt. Ltd, the 8th Pune Wine Tasting Festival takes place on February 14-15, 2015, from 12 pm to 10 pm at Rohi Villa Palace, Lane #7, Koregaon Park, Pune.
A Tasting pass price of Rs.500 will allow you entry and tastings of wine and cheese at the festival on both days. A Tasting Pass bought for day one is valid for re-entry on day two.
This pass entitles you to six wine tastings, six cheese tastings and one disposable wine glass.