Have you ever dreamed of visiting a winery and tasting some of the finest wines in the world? If yes, then you should definitely visit Sula Vineyards, India’s leading wine company and a pioneer of wine tourism in the country. Located in the scenic Nashik valley, Sula Vineyards offers a range of experiences that will delight your senses and enrich your knowledge of wine culture. Whether you want to learn about the art of wine making, enjoy a glass of wine with a stunning view, or indulge in some fun activities like grape stomping or music festivals, Sula Vineyards has something for everyone.
In this article, we will give you a complete guide to Sula Vineyards and help you plan your visit to this amazing destination.
Tours and Tastings at Sula Vineyards
One of the main attractions of Sula Vineyards is the wine tour and tasting experience that takes you through the entire process of wine production, from grape cultivation to bottling. The tour lasts for about an hour and is conducted by expert guides who explain the history, science, and art of wine making in an engaging and informative way. You will get to see the vineyards, the crushing units, the fermentation tanks, the barrel room, and the bottling plant. You will also learn about the different types of grapes, wines, and wine regions in India and abroad.
The tour ends with a wine tasting session at the tasting room, where you will get to sample six different wines from Sula’s portfolio. You will learn how to appreciate the color, aroma, flavor, and texture of each wine and how to pair them with food. You will also get a certificate of completion and a souvenir glass to take home. The tour and tasting experience costs Rs. 500 per person on weekdays and Rs. 700 per person on weekends and public holidays. The timings are from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm on all days. You can book your tour online or at the reception desk at Sula Vineyards.
Some tips and recommendations for enjoying the wine tour and tasting are:
- Book your tour in advance to avoid long queues and waiting time.
- Carry a valid ID proof as alcohol consumption is only allowed for people above 21 years of age.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as you will be walking around the winery for an hour.
- Avoid wearing perfume or cologne as it might interfere with your sense of smell while tasting wines.
- Drink plenty of water and eat something before and after the tasting session to avoid getting dehydrated or tipsy.
- Do not drink and drive. Hire a cab or use public transport to reach Sula Vineyards.
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Grape Stomping at Sula Vineyards
Another fun activity that you can enjoy at Sula Vineyards is grape stomping, which is the traditional method of crushing grapes with your feet to extract their juice for making wine. Grape stomping takes place between January and March, which is the harvest season for grapes in Nashik. You can participate in this activity by paying Rs. 500 per person at the reception desk at Sula Vineyards. You will be given a pair of clean socks and a bucket full of fresh grapes to stomp on. You can stomp alone or with a partner or a group of friends. You can also take pictures and videos of your grape stomping experience and share them on social media.
Grape stomping has many benefits and fun aspects, such as:
- It releases stress and tension by allowing you to vent out your emotions in a playful way.
- It makes you feel closer to nature by connecting you with the raw material of wine making.
- It gives you a sense of accomplishment by contributing to the production of wine.
- It creates memories that last a lifetime by giving you a unique and unforgettable experience.
Other Facilities at Sula Vineyard
Sula Vineyards is not just a winery but also a destination that offers various facilities for visitors to relax, dine, shop, and stay. Some of the facilities available at Sula Vineyards are:
Stay: If you want to extend your visit to Sula Vineyards, you can choose from two accommodation options that are located within the premises. The first one is The Source at Sula, which is India’s first heritage winery resort that offers 23 luxurious rooms, suites, and cottages with views of the vineyards or the Gangapur lake. The second one is Beyond by Sula, which is a boutique resort that offers 10 lake-view rooms, a swimming pool, a spa, and a restaurant. Both the resorts have modern amenities, elegant interiors, and friendly staff that will make your stay comfortable and memorable.
Visit: If you want to explore more of Sula Vineyards, you can visit the various attractions and activities that are available on the property. You can visit the Sula Amphitheatre, which is a beautiful open-air venue that hosts live music concerts, cultural events, and weddings. You can also visit the Sula Art Gallery, which showcases the works of local and national artists and supports various social causes. You can also visit the Sula Rasa Vineyard, which is an exclusive vineyard that produces Sula’s premium wine brand, Rasa. You can also enjoy some outdoor activities like cycling, kayaking, or boating at the Gangapur Lake.
Dining: If you want to savor some delicious food and wine at Sula Vineyards, you can choose from three restaurants that cater to different tastes and preferences. The first one is Little Italy, which is a fine-dining restaurant that serves authentic Italian cuisine and Sula wines. The second one is Soma, which is a casual-dining restaurant that serves Indian cuisine and Sula wines. The third one is Rasa, which is a fine-dining restaurant that serves continental cuisine and Rasa wines. All the restaurants have cozy ambience, scenic views, and courteous service that will make your dining experience enjoyable and satisfying.
Shopping: If you want to buy some souvenirs or gifts from Sula Vineyards, you can visit the two shops that are located on the property. The first one is The Tasting Room, which is a wine shop that sells all the wines from Sula’s portfolio as well as wine accessories, wine books, wine glasses, and wine bags. The second one is The Bottle Shop, which is a gift shop that sells wine-themed merchandise, such as t-shirts, caps, mugs, keychains, magnets, etc. You can also buy some organic products, such as jams, honey, cheese, etc., from the Sula Farm.
One of the most awaited events of the year at Sula Vineyards is the Sula Fest, which is an annual music festival that takes place in February. Sula Fest attracts thousands of music lovers from across the country and abroad who come to enjoy live performances by national and international artists from various genres, such as rock, pop, jazz, blues, folk, etc. Sula Fest also features food stalls from different cuisines, flea market from local vendors, camping facilities for overnight stayers, and of course, plenty of wine from Sula’s collection. Sula Fest is a celebration of music, wine, food, art, and culture that promises to give you an unforgettable experience.
History of Sula Vineyards
Sula Vineyards was founded in 1999 by Rajeev Samant, a Stanford graduate who quit his corporate job in Silicon Valley and returned to his ancestral land in Nashik to pursue his passion for wine making. He planted the first grape vines on his family’s 30-acre farm with the help of Kerry Damskey, a Californian winemaker who became his mentor and partner. Together, they experimented with different grape varieties and wine styles and launched India’s first Sauvignon Blanc in 2000. Since then, Sula Vineyards has grown to become India’s largest wine producer with over 300 acres of vineyards across Nashik, Dindori, Sholapur, and Karnataka. Sula Vineyards has also introduced many innovations and initiatives in the Indian wine industry, such as:
- Launching India’s first sparkling wine made by the traditional method (Chenin Blanc Brut) in 2002.
- Launching India’s first dessert wine made by the late harvest method (Late Harvest Chenin Blanc) in 2006.
- Launching India’s first premium wine brand (Rasa) in 2007.
- Launching India’s first vineyard music festival (Sula Fest) in 2008.
- Launching India’s first heritage winery resort (The Source at Sula) in 2017.
- Launching India’s first sustainable winery certification (Sustainable Winegrowing) in 2019.
Sula Vineyards has also won many awards and accolades for its wines and its contribution to the Indian wine industry. Some of the notable awards are:
- Decanter World Wine Awards (UK)
- International Wine Challenge (UK)
- International Wine & Spirit Competition (UK)
- Sommelier India Wine Competition (India)
- Indian Wine Consumer Choice Awards (India)
- Drinks Business Green Awards (UK)
Sula Vineyards is more than just a winery; it is a destination that offers a range of experiences that will enrich your knowledge and taste of wine culture. Whether you are a wine lover, a music lover, a nature lover, or a culture lover, you will find something that suits your interest and mood at Sula Vineyards.
So, what are you waiting for? Book your visit to Sula Vineyards today and discover the best of India’s finest wines. You can also buy Sula wines online from their website or from various online platforms. Cheers!