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India’s wine capital

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With its temperate winters, rich soil and gently undulating landscape, Nasik’s arid and dusty hinterland has over the past decade proved itself to be – incongruously enough – ideal for growing wine grapes, and the city has now firmly established itself at the centre of India’s fast-expanding wine industry. The best established producer, enthusiastically supported by Mumbai’s urban sophisticates, is Sula Vineyards, 14km west of Nasik, which runs forty-five minute tours of its winery (hourly 11.30am–5.30pm; Rs150; t0253/223 0575, wsulawines.com), a slick and professional operation that wouldn’t look out of place in California’s Napa Valley. Tours conclude with a generous tasting of half a dozen varieties – all eminently drinkable – on the congenial Tasting Terrace (open till 10pm, Fri & Sat till 11pm), which looks out over acres of neat rows of vines towards the scenic Gangapur tank.

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