Today I thought of continuing the "Blogging took me there'" series with one of our special experiences of Four Seasons Vineyards in Baramati, Maharashtra. During the month of January, I received an email with an invite to visit UB's vineyards in Baramati. It was a very special invite because of various reasons - visit to a vineyard, opportunity to explore Baramati/Pune region of Maharashtra and many more.
During the month of February, we flew from Delhi to Pune and hit the vineyards of Baramati after a drive of 2 hrs through farms of grapes and sugarcanes. There were few more bloggers joined from Mumbai and Banglore.
Things were all set for our welcome and as we entered, few well dressed folks guided us to our suite. This vineyard is not open for all, but has brilliant space to stay overnight. Our suite was amazing and couldn't understand how I missed clicking any photograph of the suite. Probably because I hardly spent time inside the room and preferred spending more time with wine & the vineyard :)
My wife Vibha (who is also a blogger) was also accompanying me. This vineyard was located in a very peaceful part of Baramati region. So she found this as a writer friendly place and wrote few pages of her novel.
We spent 2 nights and 3 days at the vineyard. Most of the time was spent to understand wine making process, wine tasting sessions with a specialized chef who had come from Hyatt Banglore. Rest of the time we spent exploring the vineyard and surrounding forests. Sunset looks amazing from the the residency inside the vineyard.
It was fun to have wonderful parties with the vineyard staff and musicians from Mumbai, who had specially come for the blogger evenings.
This vineyard is spread over a huge land, having grape farms all around and a helipad.
Here I don't want to share the repeated details of this experience, so would recommend checking out my old posts on Four Seasons Vineyard in Baramati.
After lot of wine during these 3 days, we moved back to Pune and planned to extend this break. We stayed in Pune for 2 more days and planned to visit Lonavala, Khandala & Lavasa.
Exploring this part of the country was an amazing experience and big thanks for Four Seasons Vineyard for this great opportunity. This was also a good exposure to wines and now I can appreciate different kinds of wines :)... And Shiraz is my favorite.