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SulaFest is out but Sula charges ahead with Wine Tourism
For those wine lovers who love their wine and music, there is bad news. Sulafest is no more; like mortals it has passed on. But the pioneer Sula is charging ahead with Wine Tourism which has climbed a few notches higher despite its absence and with music kept live for genuine wine and music lovers, writes Subhash Arora who has always believed in the magic of wine Tourism and how it has helped Sula in taking up and maintaining the leadership position
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IWINETC 2021: Porto & North Portugal to Host Conference on 26-27 October
The 13th edition of the annual global wine tourism conference and trade event for the wine and culinary tourism industry, is being organised by The International Wine Tourism Conference (IWINETC) at the new 5-star hotel- The Lodge Wine & Business Hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto) on 26-27 October 2021 in partnership with the Porto & North of Portugal Tourism Board, writes Subhash Arora
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Wine Tourism: Bangalore Soma Vineyards ties up with TAJ Amã
Bangalore Soma Vineyards in Sonnenahalli, about 35 kms from the Bangalore international airport, has finally signed up an Agreement with Taj Hotels for vineyard hospitality, with the TAJ Amã brand that promotes boutique heritage properties, this being the first tie-up with a vineyard offering the wine tourism experience under its umbrella, writes Subhash Arora who feels once fully operational, it will become perhaps the best wine tourism destination, at least in South India
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IWINETC: Visiting Exotic Wine Regions over a Glass of Wine or Dinner
Barcelona-based IWINETC- International Wine Tourism Conference which has been organising annually tourism-based Conferences since 2011, has organised Grape Escape Destinations 2021 –a 10-hour Presentation of 1-hour capsules by local experts to visit Armenia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Champagne, Greece, Italy (Sicily and Umbria) and Portugal, writes Subhash Arora who believes the programme has immense value for wine lovers, especially as it is FREE and the timings are perfect for Indians
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Wine Future 2021: Wine Tourism Webinar with Michele Shah
Wine Future 2021, being organized as the first international online wine conference on February 23-26 is preceded by 8 Webinars, the 4th one organized on 13 January moderated by Michèle Shah, our Italy Correspondent-a Journalist, wine critic, specialist in Italian wine marketing and owner of Italy’s top B2B event Speedtasting® chatting with Sylvie Cazes from Bordeaux and Adrian Bridge from Porto, sharing their experience during pandemic and viewpoint about Post-Covid scenario
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World Tourism Day: Grape Park in Nashik to promote Wine Tourism
Maharashtra celebrated the World Tourism Day on Sunday 27 September in grand style by inaugurating the first grape park in Nashik and the CM Uddhav Thackeray launching the first grape park resort developed by MTDC, writes Subhash Arora who believes it is an excellent step that will give a big boost to wine tourism and help increase tourist traffic and sale, awareness and promotion of wine
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OIV: Innovating in wine tourism in the context of COVID-19
OIV organized a Webinar along with the UNWTO on September 22 with an all-women panel from South Africa, Argentina, Chile, France, Italy and Spain sharing their country experiences on dealing with Covid-19 and highlighting the importance of local markets, new partnerships, more open-air experiences and digital transformation, reports Subhash Arora who attended, and rued that the Indian government had banned this activity that needs increased attention to attract people to augment wine sales during and Post-Covid-19
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OIV: GWC joins International Organisation of Vine and Wine as Observer
Whereas Indian wineries- barring Sula have been giving low priority to wine tourism due to financial constraints, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) of which India is also a member, has accepted the Great Wine Capitals Global Network (GWC) as an observer, underlying its importance in increasing wine consumption through awareness and tourism and organised a joint virtual welcome meeting on September 2, reports Subhash Arora
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Sula: Wine Tourism Limping back in Nashik from July 10
After a complete lockdown since March 24, Nashik has taken the first baby steps to open wine resorts with the stipulated restrictions on hygiene and social distancing with Beyond by Sula being the first to open tomorrow, followed by The Source at Sula next weekend at the statutory 33% capacity with no wine tasting or restaurants to open, writes Subhash Arora who agrees with Rajeev Samant that for now the safety of visitors and the staff is more important than Sula’s famous wine experience
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Wine Tourism: Six of Top Vineyards to visit in UK
The number of beautiful and award-winning vineyards in the UK is on the rise, and I have personally toured most of them a couple of months ago, writes our guest writer Beatrix Potter who says whether you are looking to learn more about the wine-making process or simply want to indulge in a fun wine-tasting, there is a UK vineyard for you and shares here experience about six of the top vineyards across the country
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Soma Vine Village progressing as Wine Destination
Soma Vine Village, a boutique winery concept with a full resort, is progressing at a steady pace with 24 labels in its portfolio and several facilities for visitors, writes Sheetal Kadam who spent a day at Soma Vine Village during her recent visit to Nashik, with Pradeep Pachpatil and the Italian winemakers Alessandra and Luca Terassi who she had met last year and shares her experience
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DiVine Wine Tours in Tuscany and Italian Regions
Antonio Sferlazzo, a wine passionate Italian consultant and journalist based in the Chianti wine district of Tuscany has been organizing individual and corporate customized private wine tours in Tuscany and other parts of Italy, for over 18 years for a select international clientele of wine lovers, and offers Tours specializing in Tuscany, Etna and Piedmont, Veneto through his company The DiVine Wine Tours, writes Subhash Arora who has been meeting him frequently during his trips to Italy and is quite impressed by its repertoire and passion
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Soma Vineyards collaborates with Royal Orchid Hotels
Within a short span of less than 4 years when Pradeep Pachpatil, told me at the Somanda winery being constructed adjoining the then Beyond-by-Sula Resort, that his objective was to make 1000 cases annually and promote wine tourism at the boutique winery, he executed an order of 1000 cases to the US in December, 2017 and has tied up with Royal Orchid Hotels group for hospitality, changing the name to Regenta Resort-Soma Vine Village, writes Subhash Arora who met him and the General Manager of the resort from Royal Orchid recently
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Gateway Hotel- Gateway to Nashik Wineries
Sula, York, Soma and Vallonne are pitching for more and more wine tourism facilities and attractions in Nashik, but the name of Hotel Gateway belonging to the Taj group is also emerging as a wine destination, thanks to the strides taken by their wine appassionato General Manager Vinod Pandey, writes Subhash Arora who checked out the facilities and believes it could be an ideal place for many
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Sula Sprints ahead in the Marathon
Despite the short term gap of a few months in having its wine resort, Sula is sprinting ahead in the wine tourism marathon by constructing new facilities at its old winery and buying Heritage Resorts in Karnataka last month, even as wineries like Vallonne, Soma Nasik and Soma Bangalore are focusing on wine tourism infrastructure
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SulaFest ready to Rock n Roll for Tenth Year
Started in 2008, the usual 2-day SulaFest is all geared up to celebrate its 10th edition of music and wine festival extended this year to 3 days to accommodate 120 artists on February 3-5 and welcome a record number of 18000 to 20,000 people at Sula Vineyards at Nashik, writes Subhash Arora who is a frequent visitor and commends the quality of the festival and the unmatchable treat it has to offer to wine and music aficionados across India
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