Ironically, this tier-II has emerged as the wine capital of India. It can be traced back to the growing demand for Nashik’s table grapes that are of the highest grade. “The city gets a cold winter with warm sunny days and cool nights, and the soil is gravelly, which is good for production of healthy vines. That’s what primarily makes Nashik a good area for grape cultivation,” says Shailendra Pai, Founder and CEO of Vallonne Vineyards.