The Curtain raising ceremony was inaugurated by Hon. Shri. Sharadchandraji Pawar, Minister for Agriculture, Govt. Of India. The prestigious event had been inaugurated by Shri. Chhagan Bhujbal, Hon. Minister for Tourism, Govt. Of Maharashtra and well-known Actor Shri. Milind Gunaji along with other prominent dignitaries. The exhibitions hosted a lot of various stalls including wine tasting, organic grapes, wine accessories, art and lifestyle stalls, boutique wine stalls and farmers’ bazaar.
At the event, around 200 unique wines from 40 Indian wineries from grape varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grillo and more were showcased.
India Grape Harvest14 was one big fat event that included various entertaining sessions like wine tasting, winery tours, live rock music bands – Old Citizen Band, Pune – Performances by Navin’s Dance academy – Chintoo Bhosale from Mumbai – Exotic Belly Dance Performances – Live DJ by Kairav – Balle Band with Lady DJ – folk and Lavani Dance Performances and of course the most glamorous show of all, The Vine & Wine Queen Of India.
Apart from the above, the other activities that went on the entire day for three days were grape stomping, helicopter rides, Bullock Car Ride, Horse Car rides, Luxurious Swiss Tents, camping and barbeque, street performances, skating, cycling, moonlight harvesting and much more.
Being in its second year, India Grape Harvest14 was a bigger success as the last one (India Grape Harvest13) and was enjoyed by every visitor from around the country. It was a great effort by members and team of AIWPA and IGBP which lead to a great successful event on all fronts making this Valentine weekend electrifying.