Nestled in the foothills on the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia is Narmada Winery, the first Indian-owned vineyard in the United States.
Narmada Winery has an Indian theme throughout the rolling hills of the setting, from the peacock on the sign out front (above) to the decor of the delightful tasting room. For more on the tasting room, it has its own Facebook page and its own video.
In addition to being the first Indian winery in the United States, Narmada probably has the most highly educated staff. The Pantils, the owners, both have doctorates. The son is a physician. The daughter is a chemical engineer. All work at the winery, in one capacity or another.
Dr Sudha Pantil is the winemaker at Narmada Winery.
She has done an admirable job in learning her craft after a career as a dentist. There are many award winning labels in the portfolio of Narmada Winery. “Midnight,” a Chambourcin, is the finest red that I have ever tried. It is superb with red meats such as a prime rib or steak. “Midnight” alone is worth the trip to Narmada Winery.
If you like sweet dessert wines, the “Primita” , also a Chambourcin, boasts 9% residual sugar. Paired with the home made chocolates, it is an excellent way to end a meal. “Primita” is named after the daughter of the owners.
The Virginia wine country was recently rated as one of the top tourist destinations in the world. The Shenandoah Valley is beautiful, of that there is no doubt. There is nothing like the spring and autumn in The Valley. Within a 30 minute drive, there are many other fine wineries close to Narmada Winery. About a 15-minute drive is The Inn at Little Washington, considered by many to be the best restaurant in the world.
The slogan for Narmada Winery is “Experience India, Taste Virginia.” This video provides a nice tour of the 51 acres, which is a good luck number for Indians.