I’m an outdoor person, but now-a-day, when I look out my window I feel so discouraged. The weather is horrible. It’s so hot and dry. So, I’m feeling trapped because it’s so hard to find a place to hang out in the summer. I want a forest full of big trees, a big lake with clear water where we can take a dip, a cool moist wind, but there won’t be a place like that around this city for next 4 months.
Last week came in a surprise to me. My husband’s friend suggested us visit a small chateau just right out side the city. This gives me a new perspective of my surrounding. I thought I knew Pune inside out, but this trip woke me up. Even in hot summer, you will find a place to go out, do the things we love, driving and experiencing new things.
Chateau Indage is situated in Narayangaon, a small town in Pune-Nashik Highway. The estate’s about 85 km from Pune, very easy to spot on the side of the road. Up front, you will find a restaurant and wine shop, and at the back, acres of land are spread with vineyards.
We reached Chateau Indage at noon, just in time for lunch. As we stepped out of the car, I was surprised to find the weather there quite soothing. The restaurant looked really nice, and I loved earthy-country décor in it. We sat outside, and the cool summer wind made everything a little better.
I did expect the food to be more international, you know, something that would go with the wine list, but it was a regular local menu, with fierce Indian flavor and some Chinese. The service is quite good, and the food is fine. I mean, it’s one of the best you can find in that area.
The main attraction of the restaurant has to be the bar. Chateau Indage’s wines are not only famous with the local, but they even have their names in UK. Travelers and locals usually drop by to pick up a few bottles.
We do not drink alcohol, but we picked up something for cooking. We bought a bottle of wine which sound good for stewing some red meat. There are variety of sparkling wines and fruit flavor wines which sounded good for dessert menu as well.
After lunch, we went to a winery. Unfortunately, it was close down at the moment due to the power problems. I wasn’t keen to see it though, my real passion was on the grapes.
We strolled around the vineyards, and we were told that the grapes here are grown organically. Despite our resisting, Yaseen couldn’t help himself and pulled a handful of the purple gems and put it in his mouth. It’s amazing to see so many of them dangling from the vines.
Before we left Narayagaon, we visited a grape stand on the side of the road.
There’re fresh and cheap. The price here is about 5-10% lesser from what’s in the city. Sweet! And look at their sizes of these things. I swear I have never seen this kind of grapes these big.
I bought a lot of them, thinking of making some jelly…but before that, I wanted a juicy grape cake with a caramel apple in the bottom of the pan. Will show you that later.
While driving back we take a glance at the local vegetable farms, but that’s a whole new story which I’ll share with you soon.
Have a nice day,