Wine is not just an object of pleasure, but an object of knowledge and the pleasure depends on the knowledge.
Nashik is the wine capital of India and Sula Vineyard is one of the most important wineries in Nashik.
Location & Travel
The winery is located on the outskirts of Nashik, around 230 km northeast of Mumbai, in the state of Maharashtra. It just a 3.5 to 4 hours’ drive away from Mumbai.
Tickets for wine tour and wine tasting can be bought at their first floor reception which also houses their rooftop restaurant.
Best Time to Visit
The harvesting months of January to March are the best times to visit Sula Vineyards. You’ll be able to take part in wine stomping. The hugely popular SulaFest music concert is held during February as well, in the outdoor amphitheater, and offers camping in the vineyards.
There is an in-house resort of Sula Vineyard named “Beyond”. It is hardly 3 km away from the vineyard. When you book a room there, you get complimentary delicious breakfast along with a glass of sparkling wine. It includes winery tour and wine tasting session also. It has a pool, spa, gym and café. It also has private villas with some beautiful views.
The wine tasting session is for 30 to 45 mins. There are 2 packages:
Monday to Thursday:
Rs.250 for Tour & Tasting of 5 wines
Friday to Sunday:
- 250 for Tour & Tasting of 5 wines
- 350 for Tour, Tasting of 6 wines & Exclusive tasting session with the winemaker
Winery tours and tastings sessions take place on weekdays (11.30 AM to 6.30 PM), Saturday & Sunday (11.30AM to 7.30 PM), one tour every hour, wherein they offer you a personal guide who gives you a brief history about the Sula Vineyard, then he explains the process of wine making like how red wine get its color from the skin being left in during the crushing process, barrel maturing and how those oak barrels are also stored in a particular temperature, shows huge machineries and tells about their working and last but not the least about the bottling.
Towards the end, they take you to a large hall which has an ambience of a vintage bar. Finally here you get to taste the wines, along with that he briefs you about the types of wines, wine etiquette like temperature, see, swirl, sniff and sip and combination food. Hence the tips given there are enough for a wine novice.
Food and Restaurants
Sula Vineyard has two restaurants – Little Italy and Soma
Little Italy serves traditional Italian Cuisine, and the food is mouth-watering and the rate is also pretty reasonable. Little Italy uses fresh organic ingredients which are grown in Sula vineyards garden.
Soma (Sanskrit: Som, meaning nectar) celebrates the vibes and hues of India. It offers some really delicious dishes, a taste of colourful spices, flavours and traditions of India.
Alternatively, try the French restaurant – Soleil by La Plage within the estate. We tried the roof top restaurant, absolutely smitten by the breathtaking view overlooking the vineyards.
Restaurants are open all days of the week – for lunch and dinner.
Lunch hours – 12.30 to 3.30 PM
Dinner hours – 7:00 to 10:30 PM
For your memories Sula houses the souvenir shop on their ground floor. You can buy chocolates, t-shirts, mugs, key chains and a lot more creative stuff which you can keep and cherish as a memory. They also have a wine shop where one can buy Sula wines below MRP.
Monotonous Mumbai schedule had made me crave for a lovely weekend. I then and there decided to take a break do something I would enjoy doing.
I henceforth set on a road trip to Nasik, the WINE CAPITAL OF, and guess what I was there by the evening itself. I had my evening snacks and some wine at The Tasting rooftop café. The food was good and the drinks were so cheap that I ended trying to taste more than 4 of them. Whilst searching for my place of stay on my way to Nasik I discovered Beyond Sula’s resort and decided to put up there. The stay was really comfortable and luxurious indeed. In the morning I had nice breakfast buffet and some sparkling wine (which was included in the resort stay), chilled in the pool for some time and then headed back to Sula Vineyard where I had a Wine Tasting session. I must not forget but tell you that the wine tasting session was quite insightful and I tasted 6 different types of wines following which the guide showed the entire expanse of the winery. After that I had lunch at Soleil by La Plage. I went crazy seeing the Sula’s Souvenir shop because it had some really cool stuff. I bought wines, oil, T-Shirts and a lot more. I then took a stroll at the Sula Vineyard property. These 2 days at Sula Vineyard were just like a warm hug and I tie every moment in a lovely bundle full of memories and took that back as happy travel corner in my heart.
Have you been to any of the vineyards in/around Nashik? Tell me your experience in the comments?