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Karnataka Tourism eyes promoting wine tourism next year

Karnataka produces 80 lakh litres of wine every year. The state has 18 vineyards and over 15,000 grape growers. Karnataka units prepare four varieties of red and white wine.
Karnataka produces 80 lakh litres of wine every year. The state has 18 vineyards and over 15,000 grape growers. Karnataka units prepare four varieties of red and white wine. The harvesting season for grapes begins in January and the Wine Board, along with Karnataka Tourism is planning to promote Wine tourism in Vijayapura and its vicinity, combining heritage places such as Gol Gumbaz, Badami, Aihole, etc.
The Wine Board officials told media that they are planning to come up with a wine park at Vijayapura where the board has its own vineyard spread over 141 acres. It will have all the facilities under one umbrella including hi-tech nursery, production of wines, research institute, boutique winery and many more.
According to T Somu, Chairman, Karnataka Wine Board, “January is the right season for grape harvesting. Taking this opportunity, we are introducing wine tourism in 2018. We are going to tie-up with Karnataka Tourism along with the vineyards. While the tourism department will take care of travelling, lodging, and food, we will take visitors to vineyards to show them how wine is made. They will get to taste different kinds of wines. We are selling 80 lakh litres of wine every year, and with wine tourism, we are expecting to cross one crore litres.”
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