With its temperate winters, rich soil and gently undulating landscape, Nasik’s arid and dusty hinterland has over the past two decades proved itself to be – incongruously enough – ideal for growing wine grapes, and the city has firmly established itself at the centre of India’s fast-expanding wine industry. Note that Maharashtra has eleven “dry days” when it is illegal to sell alcohol; check the Sula website for dates.

Tours and tastings are offered by Sula Vineyards, India’s biggest wine producer, 14km west of Nasik (0253 302 7777), and Grover Zampa, based in the Sanjegaon Valley 32km southwest of Nasik (0255 320 4379).

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