Yogesh Nagpal one of our studious and brilliant MBA students shares his experience of an educational visit organized by the college to Chateau Indage Winery located in Narayangaon near Pune. The Winery was set-up in 1982 in research collaboration with a French Company.  Mr. Shyamrao Chowgule a visionary leader and a first mover to make

this bold move to introduce wines to the conservative Indian market

Marquise de Pompadour

and also bringing them on the world wine map. An excellent alternative to champagne is the sparkling wine known in India as Marquise de Pompadour and Omar Khayyam in the International market made from Chardonnay Ugni Blanc & Pinot Noir grapes grown in their Indian vineyards. In addition there is a range of lesser priced red and white table wines too.

So now lets see what friend Yogesh has to say –

“How can you describe the feeling of knowing how to enjoy the process of drinking a wine? This was the first time I had got an opportunity to taste Wine and I was astounded to know that it is not just having any drink. Well, at first I would like to share the Experience we had at a vineyard near Pune at Narayan Gaon; the famous Chateau Indage. It is a place where you can find how various kinds of wines and champagnes are produced. Chateau Indage is a famous Indian Brand

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globally recognized for producing different varieties of Wines. Its wines and champagnes are widely found at over 18 major airports across the globe. We visited this place in a group of around 25 students from our college for an Industrial Trip in the month of October 2011. It was the period when all the wine that is manufactured is stored in huge containers and wooden barrels; however the crushing period is in the months of January to April.

We were first introduced to the manager of the Chateau Indage Restaurant, who guided all of us through the complete factory including the vineyards, the production unit, the bottling section and finally the wine tasting room. We were all excited to know the wine making process; we first saw the crushing section which was not functioning at that time, since the crushing period was over. Then we headed towards the temperature control room, where we found that they had to maintain a particular temperature throughout the production, storage and bottling section. The temperature of the storage was an extremely important factor because the fermentation of the wine was not possible above a maintained level of temperature; it was therefore maintained somewhere between 16 to 18 degree Celsius.

We then proceeded towards the storage and bottling section and what we saw was really amazing. There are two methods of storing the wine; one is known as Wine Ageing and the other is Bottle ageing. Under Wine ageing method, we saw that there were huge barrels and very huge containers of wine which had been built for storage purposes. We were able to understand why wooden barrels were used along with other tall metal containers; wooden barrels leave an aroma of its own kind, which makes the wine completely different from the rest. On the other hand in Bottle ageing method, we saw how over 20 thousand bottles of Sparkle champagne were stored and not even a single bottle was moved from its place for over two years at least because the whole composition of the drink was dependent on the placement of the bottles.

The most interesting part of the whole process was to see the final product in front of your eyes. How does it feel to hold a freshly packed bottle of wine in your hands? It was very amazing to see the placement of empty bottles which were getting filled by wine which was passed through the containers into the bottles and then the wooden knobs were plugged in, to give the wine bottles a finishing touch. Well after knowing the actual wine making process we were all eager to grab a bottle or two till we came to know that Wine tasting is an Art and we need to know it before bringing the wine near our lips.

We had complete information about the wine making; we got enough knowledge from the Manager about the various brands of wines they produce and sell throughout the globe and we were now interested to

get the Wine Wisdom. We were offered a special glass to taste the wines and were told that we would be getting around six different kinds of wines to taste. It was obvious that we were charged for that feast; hence we would be served only 10 ml of each variety. We were all told that wine has to be enjoyed thoroughly and it is a drink which is consumed slowly and has not to be gulped without getting the feel of it. When we talk about getting the feel of it, it means one should see the colour of the wine, feel its aroma, swirl it a little in the glass and then drink a small sip, spread it across the palate and the mouth and then let it sink into the throat.

I was holding a glass of wine for the first time in my hand, soon the waiter served a white wine into my glass, I saw the colour of the wine, it was amazing and then I tried smelling it, and without trying to gulp it, I sipped it a little and spread it to perfection into my mouth. There was a sweet sensation as I had the first sip, but soon I started enjoying the drink. I was trying to feel every sip of the wine and it was a sheer pleasure to taste wine with some

wisdom instead of just having it as a regular drink. Well, there is a lot to knowing about how the wine is made and how it has to be enjoyed with every sip, and I am sure I have been able to add value to your precious time reading this article”.

Thank you Yogesh for an enjoyable and lovely review it sure makes us wiser🙂

And as Sir Winston Churchill one famously quipped “Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for – it’s Champagne!” 

About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

25 responses »

  1. Smita says:

    Dear Sir🙂

    I must say this one is the wonderful article written by Yogesh…Hats OFF Dear.!!!
    Though I did not like the Wine,,,,but the overall visit was fantastic…:)

    ” I believe everything happens for a reason….People change so you can learn to let go,,,,things go wrong so you appreciate them when they are right,,,,, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself and some times good things fall apart so better things call fall in place.”

    Best Regards,
    Smits🙂
    ( Smita Kamble)

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    • Dilip says:

      Hello Smits,

      So wonderful to have you call on. And your words of appreciation truly ring true as the article by Yogesh is written with a free flow. You too write well and express your thoughts with feelings.

      Thank you and with my good wishes.

      Cheers🙂

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  2. Ketaki says:

    Hello Dilip Sir,

    Nice article by Yogesh. Our visit to the Chateau Indage Winery at Narayangaon was very educative and fun🙂

    Regards!

    Ketaki

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  3. pdhillon says:

    It was a very good article Yogesh, vineyards I am emotionally attached to…reminds me of farms in a fairytale. I missed the visit but through this I atleast could read and feel good.

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  4. girish says:

    Respected sir,

    Lots of Thanks to Yogesh for making our experience in the winery lively and thoughtful on college trip. Moreover Yogesh has vividly explained the crux of the visit. Thank you so much Yogesh. Hats off to you.

    Regards

    Girish

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  5. Rashmi.Haswani says:

    “Life appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read”
    and i guess i am lucky enough to get almost all of these here at tasmac…!

    but sir who says you are old…Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.!!😀😉

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    • Dilip says:

      Ha Ha Rashmi you are amazing!

      In fact most mistake me for a high school kid doing an MBA.

      You are welcome and I look forward too some real cool wit and creative quips from you🙂

      Many thanks and best regards!

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  6. Anil Wakhley says:

    Dear Sir,
    I am really pleased to view your blog its a great opportunity for us to share our views with a global audience.

    Yogesh! Going through your article I got the flashback of the day we visited this Winery. It was indeed a good experience for all of us to know how Wines are made and the taste of different kinds of wine😀

    This is a mouth-watering article. I hope readers will enjoy reading it! Thank You Yogesh!!!

    Thank you Sir

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  7. Josna Says..:) says:

    Hey!!! dat’s a good one… thank u sir for giving us an opportunity to share our views and experiences with you… and also its a lovely work done by yogesh… he “added more value” to the visit we had by this article… thank you sir!! n Thank You Yogesh!!! calls for a Cheeeeeeeerrrsss!!!!:)

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Wow Josna so nice of you to say that! Its good to appreciate a good piece of writing! And yes lets all say CHEERS to Yogesh🙂🙂

      Thanks Josna for calling in! Best!

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  8. Binod says:

    “Man is mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine” – Edwardo Gyaleno

    It’s a beautiful sharing Yogesh. I enjoyed with your article.

    Keep writing and sharing your past and present experiences. This is a great privilege we have had to reach to the masses through sir’s blog.

    Best wishes & regards,
    Binod.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Hey Binod I love that quote! Nice of you to appreciate Yogesh’s article its fun to read. Thanks a plenty for dropping in! All the best!

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  9. randomrose says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I have been perusing yours and am impressed with the range, especially the ‘wellness’ areas. I am not a wine drinker but I did like the article, well written it almost made me want a little drop. I will visit often. Kind Regards r.rose

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    • Dilip says:

      Oh that’s gracious of you! The creativity and spirit seen in your blog is very inspiring! Thanks for the honor and I do hope my meanderings ignite some thoughts in me on “Wellness”!

      Many thanks and kind regards!

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  10. Geetha says:

    Dear Sir,

    Thanks a ton to Yogesh and you for this bubbly article!

    Sir Winston Churchill who had a lifelong attachment to Pol Roger champagne and insisted on ‘enjoying the wine at the most dangerous and dark periods of wartime’, famously borrowed Napoleon Bonaparte’s slogan (“In victory, you deserve Champagne; in defeat, you need it.”) to describe his passion for this ‘supremely invigorating champagne’: “In defeat I need it, in victory I deserve it”.

    And R L Stevenson was so right when he said that “Wine is bottled poetry.”

    Regards,

    Geetha

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    • Dilip says:

      Hey Geetha glad you liked Yogesh’s story. Facts on Sir Winston sipping his wine during the peak wartime is very interesting. And of course Napoleon’s quip too brings out the true spirit of these great military strategists. The moral I guess is danger and humor seems common to great folk.

      Thanks for these interesting anecdotes I could share them with my network of friends.

      Cheers!

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  11. I’m a red wine girl. Now, thanks to Yogesh, my next sip will be more thoughtful! Margie

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  12. Orel Engel says:

    Ahahah!! I didn’t know Churchill had said that😀

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    • Dilip says:

      A warm welcome Orel! My readers and friends would surely be inspired to read of your adventures when they visit your blog. I already am.

      Cheers and best of luck!

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  13. Shri says:

    nice one Yogesh, thanks for making me remember that beautiful day. It was really a nice and wonderful experience for me. I learned from that trip and also from your blog lot more about wine processing method. Thank you Yogesh and dear sir.

    Shri

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