Bangalore Soma Vineyards - History, Timings & Entry Fee


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Distance (From Bangalore): 63 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day

Place Location: In Sonnenahalli

Transportation Options: Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 39 km from Nandi Hills, and 63 km from Bangalore, the Soma Vineyard is located in Sonnenahalli, Karnataka. It is one of the leading wine exporters in India, and among the top places to visit near Bangalore.

Soma Vineyard is spread over a vast area of around 120 acres and is unique with rolling slopes dotted with several fruit trees including coconut, palm, custard apple, and neem. Darby Raju and Aruna own Soma Vineyard. Darby bought the estate in 1980 and converted it into vineyards in 2001. The project has been initially growing grapes and supplying them to Grover intermittently since 2003. The estate specializes mainly in Shiraz (75%), and some Sauvignon Blanc also (25%).

With Makali Hills on one side, Gundamagere Lake on the other, and a sunset deck within the estate, Soma Vineyards is one of the most scenic vineyards in India. One can spend hours hill-gazing or watching the spectacular sunset or sunrise over the Makali Hills, or even soak in the breathtaking 360-degree views from several vantage points while sipping some of their limited edition wines available only at the vineyard's tavern.

A visit to this estate is a perfect retreat from the city's noise and pollution with only the sounds of vines breaking the silence. It is also ideal for hosting private events. The Soma Vineyard does not take walk-ins so visitors will need to book in advance for a wine-tasting tour here. There are two sessions-one starts from 10:30 AM and the other from 3:30 PM. The session includes a wine tasting followed by lunch and the estate visit.

Timings: 10.30 AM & 3.30 PM

Entry: Rs.1500 per Person for Wine Tour/Tasting with Snacks, Rs. 2500 per Person for Wine Tour with Lunch/Dinner, Rs. 2000 per Person for Overnight Stay & Breakfast