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 , India’s biggest wine producer, 14km west of Nasik (0253 302 7777), and , based in the Sanjegaon Valley 32km southwest of Nasik (0255 320 4379).

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