An intoxicating weekend with indigenous wines

An intoxicating weekend with indigenous wines

Wine festival organised by the Karnataka Wine Board a big hit

An intoxicating weekend with indigenous wines

Mysore Wine Fest-2013, a first of its kind in the city organised by the Karnataka Wine Board witnessed a marked footfall on the first day, with Mysoreans enthusiastically participating in it. 

People, especially women and young adults spent an enjoyable time hopping from one stall to another, sipping indigenous wine, grown and produced by around 16 wine manufacturers of the State.

The three-day Fest, which was inaugurated by city MLA Tanveer Sait, also brought to fore the eagerness of Mysoreans to participate in such events.

Yogitha, who is pursuing her PhD in Hyderabad and her friend Biswadeep, who together had purchased over five bottles of wine, said that the government was setting a good trend by organising such festivals.

“It’s also very nice to see so many women participating in it. The government has set a good trend. It is also nice to hang around here in the open drinking wine, as opposed to doing the same in the confines of a room,” they added. 

Dr Rajeshwar, also a member of Wine Society of India said that wine making was a hobby and that he has participated in many wine tours organised by wineries along with his wife Vanitha Rajeshwar. The couple though enthused about tasting the wines were a little disappointed with the fact that the Fest was “poorly” organised. “Such events are a welcome change,” they added.

Poonam Prashanth, a homemaker, who was at the event with her teenage daughter, said that she was excited when she learnt about the Fest through the media. “There is need to create an awareness about the health benefits of wine, and I am glad to see that some of the wines are being sold at reasonable prices here. I do not mind even if my children drink wine with me,” she added. 

Beer drinkers Manu Bharadwaj, Kameshwar and Dhiraj, however were a disappointed lot.

“Though we are beer drinkers, we were excited about the festival. I wanted to try out rose wine or gooseberry wine. But here the wines available are the usual lot. We were also looking forward to learning more about the wine making process. But there is no such information available here. Having said that it is good to see Mysore opening itself up to such festivals,” said Manu Bharadwaj.

Manager of the Board Sarvesh said that Bangalore had been exposed to three International wine fests and more than 20 such festivals on a smaller scale. Whereas, Mysore had been isolated from such events. He said that the Board intended to make the event an annual affair, if the ongoing festival evoked a good response. “The objective of the Fest is to make people aware that wine is not restricted to a particular class, and that it has health benefits” he added. 

Wine tasting sessions were held, where the crowd was educated on savouring the drink. A grape stamping unit was also erected. 

The Fest which is being organised at the Oil Palm Project office premises on Bangalore-Nilgiri road will be open from 10 am to 9 pm during the weekend.

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