There is really something to be said about the craziness of wine festivals. As much as I usually find it hard to remember particular characteristics of a winery’s wine, I can usually remember whether I enjoyed their wine or not. Narmada Winery pours at the Vintage Virginia Festival, leading to my first introduction of their wines. My husband remembers loving their ‘Mom’ wine specifically. So when I discovered that they are not that far away (a little over an hour’s drive), we had to give them a dedicated visit.
There are two overarching themes in my assessment of Narmada Winery: highly approachable and a unique style.
The latter is on display right away as there is a beautiful gate marking the entrance of the paved driveway. There are raised flower beds and the entrance to the tasting room must be absolutely drop-dead gorgeous when an entire bank of hydrangeas are in bloom. There is a pavilion-type event space that overlooks a little pond, set far enough back from the highway as to feel wonderfully secluded.
Inside the tasting room, it has a very clean and well-done style. It feels a lot like a nice restaurant, with solid wood furniture with menus to be looked over. A wrap-around deck offers views of their vines with more seating. Below the deck is another patio with picnic tables for people to eat the food they have brought as well as a built-in fire pit.
Part of why I would call Narmada unique is that the owners originally hail from India and they suffuse their winery with pieces of Indian culture that really makes it different from many other wineries. For example, they will hold a Holi festival there this month, where instead of throwing powdered color, they will throw flower petals. While also offering a typical charcuterie platter, they also offer appetizer-sized portions of butter chicken, samosas, and other tasty Indian dishes. We did enjoy their food, but it is probably wiser to understand that they are really more to taste than as a meal. The scent of the spices does permeate the tasting room which can be a bit surprising when first entering but otherwise it isn’t noticeable.
All their wines can largely be labeled as highly approachable. They have three separate tasting menus. We did the first two: Their ‘Tasting Room All-Stars’ and their ‘Crispy, fruity, and fresh’ menu which probably colors my assessment of their wines a bit considering that their more robust wines were saved for a different tasting menu. Each tasting had about six wines to taste, so the three tasting menus are a bit of a necessity considering the number of different wines they produce. The two tastings we did each cost $8; to buy a wine glass cost $5.
I found that on the whole, their wines were sweeter than they were dry, but had a finish that didn’t leave you puckering. There wasn’t a single one that I wouldn’t drink if it were poured for me—they do a really good job at having highly drinkable wine. I had a plate of butter chicken, paired with ‘Mom’, a chardonel and vidal blanc blend, while my husband enjoyed a plate of samosas with ‘Lotus’, a dessert vidal blanc. We bought a bottle of their Chardonnay Reserve (which I found to be one of the tastier Chardonnays I have tasted) and a bottle of Primita, a chambourcin dessert wine.
Narmada Winery was an enjoyable visit with enjoyable wines.