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    “Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.”

    ? Paulo Coelho, Brida

    Wine is made to drink, and enjoy. The important thing about wine tasting or to be a true lover of wine is to be prepared to concentrate and revel in all its glory of taste, texture, and essence. A great accompainment for some of the finest cuisines, wine also can be nursed as an any time drink, to suit every mood.

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    Bangalore with its global appeal has taken on the wine culture with absolute panache. Gaining world repute of serving superior quality wine, the city now serves most of the favoured drink in its restaurants. The city also boast of vineyards that are usually located within a short driving distance and offers pleasant and ecstatic wine tours in Bangalore.

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    Here are the top 10 places in Bangalore:

    1. Bangalore Wine Club

    Coming into existence as what started off as wine evenings among friends, today the Bangalore Wine Club is an eclectic group of wine lovers. As many flavours of the wine, so are the members ranging from professionals of the wine trade, hospitality and F&B professionals, corporate executives to wine aficionados and new wine enthusiasts.

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    A pampered lot, enjoying several privileges such as dining and hospitality at partner establishments, they are bonded over the common love for wine. Members learn wine appreciation, art of wine making and are exposed to finer nuances of food that is best paired with a glass of wine.

    2. Toscano Restaurant, Orion Mall

    This fine dining restaurant has climbed the charts of every foodie who has lived in Bangalore. Combining the old world charm of Italian cuisine with new gen richness to serve an eclectic gourmet menu, Toscano Restaurant & Wine Bar offers an intimate yet vibrant atmosphere. Its lip smacking food goes best with an extensive range of Italian wines from their very own wine cabinet, playing soul mate to a delicious spread. Serving over 32 varieties of wines, the restaurant can easily spoil you with its blissful range of wines. Though a restaurant, Toscano is a great place to have a quick wine tour within Bangalore. Drop in here after a heady dose of shopping at the stylish Orion Mall.

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    3. Caperberry Restaurant, MG Road

    Located in the heart of Bangalore’s high fashion arcade – UB City, Caperberry is an awesome destination to thoroughly enjoy an impeccable meal. As fine dine format, its creative menu and carefully selected Spanish wine list are highlights that blend perfect with warm hospitality and spot on service levels. This place is a temple of culinary artistry and science. Be prepared to embark on a journey that touches your sensory chords for wines. A great place with sauve ambience to celebrate any occasion, Caperberry is a gastronomical delight.

    4. Olive Beach Restaurant, Castle Street

    An ode to fine living in Bangalore, Olive Beach Restaurant is located in the quieter inside lanes; couple blocks from the very busy Vellara Junction. An old villa transformed to lure into a fabulous Mediterranean dining paradise, Olive truly celebrates life with all its richness. A menu integrating dishes from the Mediterranean coastline with a long list of elegant, aromatic and collection of rich wines from different corners of the world makes this a calming place to unwind and relax right in the city’s centre. An ideal setting for a mini wine tour in Bangalore, Olive serves champagne, bubbles, sparkling, red and white wines that are exquisitely collected from all over the world.

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    5. Myra Vineyards, Victoria Road, Bangalore

    A wine tour within Bangalore city limits? Yes…at the Myra Vineyards, you can enjoy a splendid and pleasurable wine tour within the city! This entrepreneurial start-up by an investment banker is just over 3 years and promises to be taking wine appreciation beyond their usual expectations. Myra Wines is all about the heart, appealing to the connoisseur and not intimidating the novice. Offering both red and white wines, Myra specialises in stylised wines in regular and vintage modes, which will make your wine drinking experience come alive.

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    6. Nandi Valley Winery, Yelahanka (18km)

    An easy drive out of the daily routine of the city-life will take you to Nandi Valley Winery. Offering some of the choicest of exquisite wines, this city based winery also offers wine tours for the discerning wine lover. There are inns set up on site at the vineyard which not only doubles up the fondness for wines, but also add more delight with its tantalizing food options. They also run wine education classes for introducing more people to the finer aspects of wine making and tasting. Try The Fizzo, a sparkling wine, whose bubbly nature and lemony taste makes it an ideal refreshment. The range of white and red wines catches the fancy of even a global connoisseur. Are you headed for this wine tour in Bangalore anytime soon?

    7. Grover Vineyards, Nandi Hills (52kms)

    One of the first vineyards to open its gates for wine tours in Bangalore, Grover Vineyards is an established brand with a phenomenal collection of wines available worldover. Situated in the scenic settings of Nandi Hills, this vineyard gives the perfect first hand initiation experience into the fine world of wine. Spread over 400acres, the tour takes you on a journey from grapes to bottles. Spend quality time at the winery, get to know about crushing, filtering, processing and packaging. Visit the barrel room where real, imported oak barrels are full of La Réserve. Set amidst lovely ambience is the tasting setup, where you can taste five different varieties of wine over an hour and a half whilst listening to relaxing music in the air conditioned cellar; the tour ends with a delightful lunch.

    [Find out more about our tour of Grover Vineyards at Nandhi Hills]

    8. Heritage Vineyards, Channapatna (70km)

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    How about a poetry in a bottle? Head out of Bangalore towards ‘toy city’, Channapatna which is also the home to India’s delightful wine brand, Heritage Vineyards. A name that has popularised wine tourism, at the vineyard you will experience magic with wine, gain knowledge on wine making, tasting and savouring wine along with other processes involved. An ideal, quick and easy getaway, this wine tour in Bangalore takes you on a tour of the winery and unfolds the art of wine making in its sprawling vineyards that are pitched within a picturesque setting of rural Channapatna. The tour also lands at the Tasting Room, where guides will teach you how to recognise a good wine, the knack of swirling, the style to sniff and finally take a sip. Conducted all through the year, these tours are also laced with various food pairing packages that will enchant your day with different flavours.

    9. SDU Vineyards, I D Halli (120km)

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    Enjoy a passionate experience that involves wine making at the beautiful vineyards of SDU Winery at ID Halli. Located in Madhugiri district, on a wine tour to this vineyard, you can discover ‘Deva’, a brand of wine crafted from carefully tended vineyards. Renowned for cultivating incredibly concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon, SDU is one of the primary source for the Deva Cabernet Sauvignon. Imagine sipping wine at this exotic hill side location? This is made possible only on a wine tour in Bangalore.

    10. Alpine Vineyards, Mysore (140km)

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    Tailor made wine tours at Alpine Wineries is an unforgettable experience. Surrounded by gentle caress of hills and unspoiled nature with River Cauvery ebbing beside, this vineyard along the Bangalore Mysore Highway is a dream land. It is best experienced with an overnight stay, as the vineyard comes with restaurant and other attractive facilities. While here, learn the art and science of wine making, savour exotic blends, participate in exclusive wine tasting and food pairing sessions and much more. Getting away from your busy city life cannot be more refreshing than to get indulged on this wine tour.


Attractions

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Snow City

This indoor snow theme park garners plenty of visitors who aim to escape in the scorching heat by entering a snow house that spans an area of 12,500 sq. feet. The unparalleled experience of playing, sliding and throwing snow at each other can be achieved in the middle of a tropical town and you do not have to travel to the mighty Himalayas, neither have to wait for the winters. The freezing hall offers a number of crazy slides and rides with skiing and rock climbing activities. Snow city is the first indoor theme park in the city which is open 365 days maintaining a temperature of minus 5 degree Celsius. The crazy snow box, various virtual snow animals, snow parties and snow slides are some of the features which lure visitors into trying this freezing hangout location.

Location: Jayamahal, Fun World Complex, Opposite TV Tower, J C Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560006

Best Time to Visit: Summer season.

Price: INR 600 per head.

Timings: 10 AM to 8:30 PM on all days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: one-time entry is for 45 minutes.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 30 KM.

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Ramanagara

If you remember the classic Sholay scenes then you will be amazed to see the rocky mountains of this town that is situated around 50 KM from Bengaluru city and Sholay was originally shot here. 

From Silk farming to Mysore-Pak, from leading into the huge Hanuman statue entrance to the Ramadevara Betta Vulture Sanctuary; Ramanagara is one of the places to visit in Bangalore to enjoy heaps of activities like camping and trekking, and also an abundance of sightseeing option. 

The iconic rock elevations where the dacoit Gabbar was filmed in the cult classic Sholay can be visited during the day where you walk and climb some steep elevations of approximately 400 staircases to reach the top where you will find a temple as well. 

These rock elevations are of Ramadevara Betta Hill which is a part of Ramadevara betta Vulture Sanctuary.

Location: Mysore Road, Ramanagara, India

Best Time to Visit: Winter season (November to March)

Price: Ramadevara Betta hill can be visited by paying an entry charge of INR 25 with a separate parking charge.

Timings: The gates of the sanctuary open around 9 AM and closes by 4:30 to 5 PM.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 55 KM

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Bheemeshwari

Bheemeshwari is a short distance hideaway in the Mandya district of Karnataka and is situated around a hundred KM from the city on the banks of river Cauvery.  This picturesque is visited mostly for fishing and angling as it is an ideal destination to indulge in such activities. 

It is home to Mahseer, the tropical game  fish along with schools of other fishes and that is why it is called “the angler’s paradise.” Wedged amid the Shivanasamudra falls and the Mekedatu falls, Bheemeshwari lures travelers with its mesmerizing natural beauty. 

Sangam in Bheemeshwari is the confluence point of river Cauvery and river Akravati which enables many water activities such as boating, rafting, coracle rides etc. Kokrebellur Pelicanry is another attraction is Bheemeshwari which one of the five most famous pelican breeding habitats in the world. It is one of the famous sightseeing places in Bangalore that is a ‘must-visit’ location.

Location: 100 KM on the Kanakapura road from Bangalore.

Best Time to Visit: Monsoon season or post-monsoon, winter season.

Average time required to visit the place: one or two days.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 100 KM.


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Dodda Alada Mara

The sprawling branches of a Banyan tree has captured a land of over 3 acres in Kethohalli village, making it one of the unique sightseeing places in Bangalore. This 400-year-old Banyan tree is stated to be the second largest tree in the country and the first largest in Karnataka. 

A thousand aerial roots hanging out from this tree covers a circumference of over 250 meters. Dodda Alada Mara is a well-maintained and well-kept secret of Karnataka which is properly fenced and protected with cemented seats placed beside it for the visitors to enjoy the magic of nature. 

The interesting fact about Dodda Alada Mara is that it stands erect on the thousand aerial root without having the main root as it died out of some natural diseases in the past.

Location: Tavarekere Hobli, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Best Time to Visit: Evenings are ideal to spend at Dodda Alada Mara to enjoy cool breezes and a blazing sunset.

Price:

Timings: 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM on all days of the week.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 26 KM.


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