A couple of weeks back when I was asked to take a trip to Sula Vineyards, I was rather Skeptical. Not that I don’t enjoy wine, but the thought of travelling from Delhi-Mumbai-Sula, Nashik seemed like the most tedious thing to do during the monsoon. A hectic work week later, obviously, the decision had to change. I was desperately looking for an escape and this trip seemed like the right thing to do. So, I wrote them back confirming for the trip and 2 days later I was seated in an early morning Indigo flight to Mumbai, along with a few known faces from Delhi. Of course, there were a few unknown, yet familiar faces as well and this 2 day getaway was the perfect time to get to know everyone better along with some wine, and cheese platter on the side.
Day1- Delhi-Mumbai-Sula, Nashik
An early morning flight from Delhi to Mumbai and a crisp road trip later, we reached Sula, Nashik just in time for lunch. My enthusiastic companions for this trip, unlike me, didn’t waste any time in tasting possibly all the fine wines before the food arrived at the Tasting Room, our first pit stop at the vineyards. This two storey stands beautifully adjacent to the mesmerizing view of the vineyards to welcome you after a beautiful country side drive to the Vineyards. Tasting Room is probably the first thing you’d notice at the Sula property, Of course after you are done admiring the view. And the view, it had me spell bound. I, for a good couple of minutes, couldn’t believe that it’s the same country we live in. This made me really appreciate the vision of the Rajeev Samant, the founder.
After a quick lunch and soaking in the view Tasting Room had to offer, of course the wines too, I made a quick trip to our hotel(which was just 15 mins away)-Express Inn to freshen up to come back in time for the Wine Tasting to begin. The tasting session started with Sula’s in-house Wine.
Expert sharing more insight about Sula wines followed by an informative wine tasting session. Let me tell you, – I was in Wine Heaven for those 40 minutes. The ground floor of the same building that houses the wine tasting hall too has the souvenir and wine shop where you can shop for wines, chocolates, t-shirts, mugs and other wine accessories. Post the tasting session a guide took us through various steps of wine making, tank maturing, barrel maturing and procedure for bottling, etc., which is also located in the main building. Towards the end of the factory tour, he lead us to a vintage theme large bar hall with wooden barrels, designed specially for tastings for big groups or events.
After a swift property tour we all sat for early dinner at the in-house restaurants which serve scrumptious Indian and Italian Food that goes well with Sula wines. After all the wining and dining we headed back to our hotel and called it a day.
Day2- Nashik- Mumbai- Delhi
Second day started rather early considering our hectic day before. After a tummy-full breakfast we headed back to Mumbai to catch an evening flight back to Delhi. But, how I wish I had taken a little detour back to the vineyards only for the view. But if its any consolation then the drive on the way back is as beautiful as the vineyards.
There is plenty of wine that Sula has to offer, from Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabeernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Zinfandel Rosé .
Most of the wines they make are young wines. However, they do make a Dindori Reserve Shiraz, which is aged for a year in oaks. My favorite Sula Wine is the Sparkling they make. This is the one I sipped throughout my time at Sula and also got my stock from the wine shop, which of course sells everything at discounted price. 🙂
Any wine tasting session is incomplete without cheese and olives to nibble along side, so was this one. The tasting room offers assorted cheeses, crackers, olives, nuts, dried fruits apart from the regular starters in their menu. Apart from the Tasting Room, Sula has two restaurants -Little Italy that serves Italian and Soma that serves Indian cuisines. For people with an appetite and in the mood to eat eat something substantial to complement the wine can opt for the restaurants.
I recommend This quick getaway to anyone who loves wine with a good view. I suggest going during the harvest season and also the festival time is apt for the young crowd.