La Reserve and other gems are paired with live music and comedy at the first Grover Zampa festival
While the vineyard has become quite the place for gigs in recent years, a new performing arts festival aims to bring the vineyard into the city. Gearing up for its first edition tomorrow, The Great Grover Wine Festival promises to keep you entertained with music from DJ Varun and Mad Orange Fireworks, as well as stand up comedy from Praveen Kumar. The highlight of the day will be a set from headliners Swarathma.
Excited to be playing in their home city before they take an extended break to focus on a new album, Swarathma will treat the audience to a mix of old favourites and new material. “We want to play newer songs that have not been released on an album yet, as they show the direction that we’re moving in as a band,” says bass guitar player Jishnu Dasgupta. These include Lay it on Me, recently co-written with Lebanese rock band The Wanton Bishops, and Rung Jinda Hai, co-written in collaboration with students from the city’s National Institute of Design. “Lay it on Me is about life being easier if you share one another’s burdens, while Rung Jinda Hai is about aging positively,” explains Dasgupta. Also expect classics like Ee Boomi, always popular with the home crowd, and look forward to the group’s famed audience connect. “We throw energy into the audience and it comes right back. It’s a beautiful cycle,” says Dasgupta.
While music and comedy form the backbone of the festival, Grover Zampa CEO Sumedh Singh Mandla also hopes people will try new wines and connect with the brand. “Our portfolio has greatly increased, so it’s a chance for people to sample what we have to offer. We’re introducing new vintages for popular and award-winning wines like La Reserve, Chene Grand Reserve, and the sparkling wines Soirée Brut and Brut Rosé at the festival,” he shares, adding, “We want to convert people to drinking Indian wine, and more importantly our wine!” With that in mind, there are four sommelier-led tasting sessions throughout the day, as well as lighthearted activities like stomping the newly-harvested grapes. Also don’t miss the flea market, which has been organised in collaboration with Soul Sante, and an art and sculpture gallery.
February 21. At Bhartiya City, Chokkanahalli. Tickets (Rs. 1,000)
— Maegan Dobson Sippy