Sula Vineyards, Nashik, Home to Indian wines
When we left Vipassana center at around 2 PM, we were quite excited to make it to Sula Vineyards. It was a matter of just a few minutes drive. Since next day being a working day, we didn’t want to waste any time. So, we raced in our cars to get a feel of nice intoxicating smells of wines.
My Belgian friend had heard the name of Sula Wines, had found it quite good and wanted to buy some [She bought three big cartons comprising of 12 bottles each ;)].
I didn’t know they are quite a known brand in Europe. My purpose was different. I wanted to compare this vineyard with the one I saw abroad.
We were on Nasik Highway (NH-3) heading towards Nasik. Sula vineyards is around 2 kms from Nasik city.
The worst thing about Sula is, though it is world famous brand, on the entire stretch of road we could not find a single board guiding us the directions. We were already short of time, scratching our heads for the right directions, were on the main road checking every five ten minutes from local people. It seems the local people also didn’t know about it or probably they know it by some other name. Every time it was 200 meters pudhe / maaghe (front / back) from that particular point.
What I observed was no one speaks or even tries to speak in Hindi. Since now I have a fair knowledge of Marathi words, I was acting as navigator also.
So from Naveen Nasik to old one, District court, CBS, Mahanagar Palika, some malls, finally on Gangapur road and after 10-12 Maaghe-pudhe we reached our destination.
After reaching there I took a small interview of the tasting room manager & he responded well !! It is spread in a vast area of 250 acres. At 25 kms from there they have another 300 acres of farms. Their production has increased so much that they have to buy grapes besides growing. Sula is just 7 years old but famous worldwide. With wines called Marc Anthony and Etu Brutus from Sailo, they are India’s only makers of sweet red wine.
Sula’s late harvest premium wine, ideal for dessert is called Chenin Blanc. It is dry white wine with a sweeter taste. Sula has also released its first reserve red wine, the 2003 Dindori Reserve Shiraz.
The bar tender told us of the intricacies of wine and wine tasting. There were five wines for tasting for a mere hundred bucks but since we were to buy cartons of wine, he allowed us to taste six ! A white wine has to be served chilled and the glass should be held by the stick, else the body temperature warms the glass and in turn the wine. Before, having a sip, you have to experience the aroma first. Then take a sip of wine. You taste the wine from different parts of the tongue.
None of us was really interested as we all knew much more than that including when and with what kind of food we should take white or red wine. Well, my experience about alcohols may not be very good but being in formal dinners abroad has taught me all the nitty-gritty of this world.
The view from the first floor patio was beautiful. Green grape plants spread over a seemingly limitless area.
One regret – Could not see the beautiful city Nasik but there is always a next time. Can anybody tell me what is the best time to visit ? I want to combine it with visits to many temples in surrounding areas.
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Beautiful pictures and good information. I never knew some well-known wines were produced in India 🙂
Beautiful pictures, and good text.
Thanks, for you work.
have a good week.
Thanks for the info. I’ll try Sula when I’ll find it, though I’m not a fan of sweet wines… But before having a sip or experiencing the aroma you should «look» at the wine: more 50% of the info on the wine comes from the «look»… :))
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Thanks. Sula is indeed India’s best vineyards. There is one in south but Sula is the best.
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I look forward to see more of your visits here. Keep coming.
Sula doesn’t make only sweet wines. I was just giving some examples of the latest launched ones. And yes, looks were very perfect. 🙂
good info and nice pics…
Gr8 job Missy !! So you bought the wines….and for so long not telling us. I am glad I went away to get the full recounting….lol!
I prefer red over white – I agree Sula white is good. We initiated some of our clients to these House wines and now seasoned clients love ordering Sula over French or Cal when they are in India.
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Well, I am not vouching for any Sula whites here. They don’t pay me for advertizements. lol.. I was just giving some examples of the latest launched ones. And as I said, Chenin Blanc is a dessert wine.. to be had after food.
And yes, I think everyone prefers red over white wine.
And yes, SULA has become quite famous in Europe.
Thnx a lot for the info.But the main problom is that after reading this text I feel that I want sula wine now:(:(
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Ohh Sula must pay me now, I have done a good job !! :))
Hmmm… Make a trip to Sula and enjoy !!
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Best time to visit Nasik is between December- Feb.
Lucky to be on such wonderfull trips to explore new things not so very tourist attraction kind…I would ove to go to the vineyard during my next visit to Mumbai. My sister was planning on a trip to NAsik, so will get back to you for more details.
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Thanks for the info. This year December I’ll try to go there then. :)) Coming along ?
Don’t miss it. Sula being the best vineyards in India, sure deserves a visit.
so will get back to you for more details.. Sure, anytime. 🙂
The last picture is really soothing to the eyes, give me green any day rather than the concrete.
Any season is nice for visiting Nasik… Rainy season might be difficult if there are heavy rains though, as Godavari may overflow.
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hey did u get to make some wine?as in they have these huge enclosures with grapes in them n u gotta pulp them using ur feet..good fun…wonder if sula wineyards let u do that….btw u seem to have an interesting job :)…if m not wandering into personal territory may i ask wat fun job do u do that u get to travel to europe n all 🙂
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u gotta pulp them using ur feet..good fun… Huh ? You go to be crazy if you think they would allow you to do so. Ye India ka pav nahi ban raha, samajhe ?
may i ask wat fun job do u do that u get to travel to europe n all.. Well, well well.. if you read my blog carefully, you’ll come to know of all.
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I am again going to start with Switzerland in another week’s time.
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“You go to be crazy if you think they would allow you to do so. Ye India ka pav nahi ban raha, samajhe ?”
well kinda surprised u dint know that…well cucks…thats the traditional way of making wine…its done in vineyards across the world :)…n some vineyards do let u make ur own wine…m not kiddin…look it up sumwhere
Very interesting article.. i’ll have to travel there once. i was already planning to go near bangalore where there is also a big wine growing center.
Yes, I am aware of it but now a days no one allows you to make your wine in that fashion and that’s what I meant by my earlier comment.
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Are you talking about Chamundi wineries & refineries ? If yes, I saw it on my way to Madapalle. And you have seen India more than me !!
Yumm… dint know Sula was made so close to home. I had seen Grovers near Nandi hills. Will make time out to go here. Thanks!
Thanks cuckoo. Lovely pictures. And you are so lucky. I haven’t been to Sula, Nashik yet.
Also haven’t tried Dindori Shiraz, but picked up a bottle of Zinfadel Blush last week from Mumbai. Zinfandel is known to pair well with Indian food. Will get back when I am done with Sula Zinfandel.
The best time to visit Nasik is Winter!
Old Nasik is really photogenic. I am sure you must have heard of the place called Someshwar at the outskirts of Nasik…a paradise!
There are many more places to visit in Old Nasik,