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Wine tourism is something new in India. Google “wine tourism in India” and you get 2.98 million results — one indication of the booming interest in this little-known but fast-growing niche.

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But what is “wine tourism”? If you’ve seen the movie Sideways (2004), you will have the perfect recipe for what wine tourism is all about: endless vistas of rolling hills planted with wine grapes; little wineries tucked away amidst these vineyards offering visitors a taste of their wines; space to discover yourself. Of course, in California the grapes are harvested in autumn, so both the ambience and the weather are great.

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The reality in India is quite different — as the grape is harvested in February-April, the days can get quite hot towards the end. Nasik Valley is the only area with enough wineries to justify a visit.

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BILL CALABRIA, the owner of West End Estate at Griffith, began his brutal round of interviews in June last year. He called each of his growers one by one to the winery for a meeting.

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They knew to expect bad news. Some brought their sons, others their wives - the wine business is still family business in Griffith. On his side of the conference table Mr Calabria had his son, Michael, West End's general manager, and his chief wine maker, Brian Currie.

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Together they laid it out. Not just Australia, but the whole world was awash with cheap wine. The growers were facing serious cuts - not only in the price they would be paid per tonne of grapes, but to the number of tonnes they sold. For Mr Calabria's 40 growers, that meant each would lose, on average, about 20 per cent of their income. Some would be paid less per tonne than it cost them to grow the grapes.

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Texas wineries will be hosting numerous wine dinners over the next few months of winter. The months of January, February, March and April are slow months in wineries, except for the vineyard pruning in the later part of January through February.

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As a result wineries have time to settle into the niceties of the wine business, like hosting intimate wine dinners. Whether these wine dinners are in wineries or in restaurants, these events become special because the winemakers are there to guide you through their creations. These “gods of grapes” guide their visitors through the nuances of winemaking and wine pairings with foods to make a unique, artistic presentation for the enjoyment of all five senses. They weave interludes of stories into the wine-food pairings to bring passion into their events. In some events, music provides an added sense to the whole affair.

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I have a few suggested wine dinners that I know will be excellent for your consideration: Jan. 15 – Flat Creek Estates from the Texas Hill Country will host a wine dinner at the Longwood Golf Course (The Grille) 13300 Longwood Trace Cypress, Texas. For information, call Frank Horton at (281) 373-4100 ext. 13.

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When Keanu Reeves and the object of his attraction went into a messy but delightful stomp-stomp in a vat full of squishy grapes in Hollywood flick, A Walk in the Clouds, we all secretly hoped we would have our moment in a barrel too. Some vineyards around Mumbai make this possible.

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Dating back thousands of years, grape crushing  continues to be a ritual in all the wine-producing regions of Europe, and it's said that this process results in better-tasting wine, if done the right way. Don't bother about the technicalities involved though; most Indian wineries dispose the juice anyway. Just jump into the vat for a few minutes of messy fun.

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Sula Vineyards in Nashik usually has an open-to-all grape-stomping session held at the end of January or the start of February. It costs Rs 200 per person (approx.). Call (0253) 2231663 for details.

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, and Mauritson wineries. The participating wineries have created paper guides that point out notable details along the clearly marked paths, each less than a mile long. For example, the Mauritson trail winds past rows of various grape varieties, including cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and sauvignon blanc. Other sights include essential equipment, such as a wind machine that protects vines from frost. You'll even spot the winery's crush pad, where more than 20 grape varieties are processed during harvest season. Run yearround, each tour ends in a tasting room so you can sample the final product.

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The self-guided walking tours are all free; Mauritson offers a complimentary wine tasting, but Matanzas Creek, Paradise Ridge, and Balletto each charge $5 per tasting. The pilot program, developed by the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission , may expand to other vineyards. Cheers to that.

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