RESORTS IN INDIA’S NASHIK WINE REGION WERE FULLY OCCUPIED OVER THE FESTIVE PERIOD
By Siulan Law Mathews DipWSET
Source: Sula Vineyards
India’s Nashik wine region saw 100 percent resort occupancy rate over Christmas and New Year, with footfall of wine tourists increased to 47,500 in December, according to the All-India Wine Producers Association (AIWPA).
Bookings were made by domestic tourists from cities like Mumbai, Pune, neighbouring state of Gujarat and beyond.
AIWPA said the number of wine tourists increased by 55 percent from 27,000 in October to 47,500 in December 2021.
Jagdish Holkar, the AIWPA president, said wine tourism in Nashik was badly affected between March and July due to the second wave of Covid pandemic, but the situation started improving gradually from August onwards.
“There had been significant improvement in footfall of tourists at the wineries since November. Over 80,000 tourists visited the Nashik wineries between 1 November and 30 December,” Holkar told Times of India.
He said all rooms in Nashik’s winery resorts were fully booked in December upto 2 January.
A senior manager of one of the prominent wineries said tourism in Nashik had picked up significantly after the second wave of the pandemic.
He told Times of India that his 67-room resort was fully booked from 19 December to 2 January.
“We got over 75 percent booking for our resort rooms between 3 and 9 December. We followed all the government guidelines related to Covid and allowing only those who have taken at least one dose of the vaccine. But most of the tourists at our resorts have been fully vaccinated,” he added.
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