Malbec from India?

Yep!

A two and a half-hour drive outside of Mumbai lies more than a half dozen wineries in Nashik producing fermented deliciousness made from 25 grape varieties including Malbec!

According to a New York Times article published this week, the wine region sprouted up more than a decade ago when Sula Vineyards, the first one there, took root.┬áRajeev Samant, the owner of Sula Vineyards, originally planned to grow mangoes on his family’s land in Nashik, but he decided on wine grapes instead. Good choice! Although I do love mangoes!

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Sula Vineyards has grown substantially over the years, attracting 150,000 visitors last years, up from 5,000 when it first opened. Samant has added a large tasting room, a resort with an infinity pool and a spa. Now there are a handful of other wineries nearby, too.

What are some other off-the-beaten-path wine destinations? Let me know in the comments!

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