My penchant for drinking wine began with a movie. Yes, a movie! I got inspired by the classic movie entitled, “A Walk in the Clouds”, starring Keanu Reeves and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón de Angelis.
It’s a story of a young soldier named Paul Sutton (played by Keanu Reeves) who returns from World War II and meets a pregnant woman, Victoria Aragon (played by Aitana Sánchez-Gijón), at a bus station. To help her face her conservative family, Paul agrees to pose as her husband. As they navigate through their married life, Paul’s true identity is exposed during a confrontation with Victoria’s father and this causes tension and conflict within the family.
It’s a movie where I felt passion, tradition, and the transformative power of love. And because the scenes were set against a picturesque backdrop of a California vineyard, it made it all the more endearing to me.
Who would not fall in love with vineyards? During different seasons, they can be enchanting and romantic. I can just imagine the rustling of leaves, the aroma of the earth, and a beautiful sunset. These make it an ideal setting for romance.
Aside from love, I connect it with traditions, culture, history, and craftsmanship. I find the cultural aspects of winemaking and the history of a vineyard appealing. Moreover, the process of cultivating the grapes and making the wine makes me appreciate the stages of life and the passage of time.
After watching this heartwarming movie, I promised myself that one day, I will visit different vineyards in the world. My commitment to this happened in December last year in Sula Vineyards in Nashik, India.
Sula Vineyards is one of the leading wineries in India, known for producing a variety of wines. I went there on a weekday and the required entrance fee was 600 Rupees. The inclusion covers a guided tour of the facilities, explanation on the wine making process, and wine tasting.
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There’s an on-site restaurant where guests can do a pairing of the local cuisine with the wines and a shop where visitors can buy and take home a taste of the vineyard. They also offer lovely accommodation options and even host various events throughout the year.
I purposely timed my visit in the late afternoon around 4:30 to enjoy the moment of dusk. I really had a wonderful serene time because the temperature was cooler, the sky was soft, and the crowd was less. Heading back to my hostel on a 40-minute ride, I remember feeling energized and nostalgic of the moment at the same time.
During my 2-nights visit to Nashik, I got to know that there are other vineyards in the region: Soma, Vallone, York, Grover Zampa, and many more. This, of course, brought delight to me. I now have more items in my vineyard bucket list!
What started out for me as a movie inspiration became a strong interest. I drink wines for the sensory and culinary experience of it. When I socialize with friends whether in person or via a virtual room, it’s nice to do it over a glass of wine. It’s a pleasurable experience. But, more than these aspects, I now have a deeper fascination for the art and science of making wines. Because of this trip to Sula Vineyards, I gained a greater respect for viticulturists, pruners, artisans, cellar workers, tour guides, and everyone involved in the winemaking.
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