Over the years, I have learnt one important thing. Do not say no to anything unless you have a valid reason. Because the best happens when you least expect it. A trip to vineyard was very tempting to be rejected. So when Alliance Francaise de Bangalore announced this event, I had no second thoughts about participating in it. Sangeetha and Gowri joined my enthusiasm.
On Sunday, the 6th of October, we met at AFB at around 7AM. It was a pleasant surprise to have Aman (A friend from French class) and Shalini (My classmate in school who studies French too at AFB) in the trip. We set off at around 7:15 towards Mysore on a bus.
Midway during the drive, Sangeetha, Gowri, Aman, Shalini, AFB director Philippe and I moved to the back seat and began playing dumb charades. Soon we became friends with some other A2 level students - Sathya, Arshad, Mir, Ravi and Abhinandan. Anthakshari followed and suddenly the bus turned lively. We quickly bonded with our new friends and the fun continued.
Our first stop was for breakfast at Maddur and then we took a deviation towards Talkaad. After several village routes we landed at First agro Organic farm. An ex-Army, ex-pilot, runs this place and he gave us a brief introduction to the concept. We enjoyed walking around the farm and tasting some delicious cherry tomatoes.
While others went ahead to Alpine vineyard in the bus, Gowri, Saneetha, Aman and I drove with Nithesh on his jeep with cartons of Zucchini. We enjoyed that drive. Sitting behind the jeep and enjoying the breeze, we discussed future plans to cultivate, party and travel.
At vineyard, Abhay, one of the employees explained us the location and different stages of Wine making. We then tasted 3 types of white wine and 3 types of red wine. I liked the first white wine i tasted as it was sweet. My preference is always Port wine.
We had some excellent starters with salads, salsa, cream and peta bread. The vegetables came from the farm and they tasted like heaven. We next drove to the vineyard where a BBQ was setup. All through our drive we laughed a lot pulling each others leg. Wine on empty stomach was doing its effect.
After lunch, we were taught to prune the vines. We had to cut after the fourth bud. Apparently only the third and fourth produces grapes. We were assisted by several workers who guided us and laughed at our mistakes. They had good fun teasing us.
After the hard work we returned to the plant. We decided to walk back. On my way back I spoke to Abhay who had chosen to learn wine making in France. Even though he thinks that the job is not paying him much he is happy to have done what he wanted to in life.
We bought some bottles of wine. tried their pink wine and called it a day.
On the way back we enjoyed Dumb charades again and the laughs did not end till we reached Bangalore.
What an incredible day this turned out to be. We had a great experience at the farm and the vineyard plus we got to make interesting friends and bonded even more with the friends from class.