Hnahlan with its potential vineyards is an important stop-by in the region for anyone who visits the bustling commercial district of Champhai bordering Myanmar interested in vineyard tours and emerging wineries to sample some of the best locally brewed grape wine.
It is a small village located in the R. D. Block of Champhai famous for its production of grapes and grape wine locally called Zawlaidi, meaning “Love Potion”. It is the only state district in Northeast India that grows grapes in a commercial dimension for brewing wine given its favourable altitude and cool climate.
About 80 per cent of the families at Hnahlan are grape growers. Owing to this, it has become one of the most well-to-do villages in Mizoram and is aspiring to be the largest grape producer in India. Grape growers of Hnahlan village in Mizoram earn about INR 150 lakhs annually. Tax cuts on grape wine have helped boost Zawlaidi sales to a large extent.
Of the total 560 families in Hnahlan village, around 400 families are grape growers. Members of the Hnahlan Grape Growers’ Society are unable to market their high produce (6600 quintals or more per year) owing to a small winery and irregular power supply. They look forward to the government to upgrade the winery and help them up their market. Come Christmas demands soar but the inability to can in large numbers dampens supply.
After 13 long years of prohibiting grape cultivators from producing wine, the amendment of the Mizoram Liquor Total Prohibition (MLTP) Act 1997 in 2007 has fueled the enthusiasm of the grape farmers. The Act earlier prevented large-scale commercialisation of wine products and wine-making from grapes. In September 2010, Zawlaidi was made commercially available.
Tourists can find comfortable lodges, hotels and inns at Champhai for a stay.
How to reach:
Lengpui Airport is a domestic airport in Aizawl, Mizoram, India. The airport is connected by daily flights with Kolkata and Guwahati and three flights a week with Imphal and is located at a distance of 32 kilometers from Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram.
Nearest Railhead is at Silchar in Assam which is about 6 hrs drive from Aizawl.
By Road & Distances
NH-54 connects Aizawl with the rest of the country through Silchar. Buses and taxis are available from Silchar to Aizawl (6-8 hrs). Night services are also available. Aizawl is also accessible by road from Shillong and Guwahati.
Guwahati: 506 km; Imphal: 374 km; Kohima: 479 km; Shillong: 450 km; Agartala: 443 km.
Aizwal to Champhai is 192 kilometers via Aizwal-Seling-Champhai Road. Share taxis, buses and jeeps are also available to Champhai from Aizwal. One can also avail Pawan Hans Helicopter service connecting Aizawl with Champhai.
From Champhai to the village of Hnahlan its 61.2 kilometers via the Champhai-Hnahlan- Khuangpah Road.
AT A GLANCE
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Nearest city: Champhai
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