In 1996, Rajeev Samant planted the first wine grapes in Nashik and today this region is not only India’s premier wine-growing region but also 80% of India’s wine is produced here. Spread over a total of over 3000 acres, Sula’s owned and contracted vineyards are home to some of India’s finest grapes and the site of the latest in viticulture innovation and technology. Our farmers are partners in our journey to produce excellent wines and we work hand-in-hand to secure their supply, provide on-ground training and support, and share the latest in sustainable winegrowing practices.
Situated in the Western Ghats, at an altitude of 600 metres above sea level, Nashik’s soil is of volcanic origin, ranging from weathered basalt to red laterite to heavy clay. The heavier soils are closer to the Godavari river beds while the lighter crumbly weathered red soils are closer to the northern hilly part of the region. Vineyards in proximity to hills or rivers have markedly different microclimates- the best example being Dindori, which further reflect in the quality of the wine produced here. The cool nights of Nashik ensure high level of acid in the grapes, while warm days ensure optimum ripeness of the grapes, resulting in perfect growing conditions and terroirs for premium wine grapes.
This picturesque sub-district of Nashik features gentle hills of red laterite and basalt rock. Well-drained soils on the slopes give way to heavier, clay soils on the valley floors. Clean air, plenty of monsoon rain and a cool climate all contribute to Dindori’s suitability for quality vineyards. Dindori is one of the best regions for the cultivation of red wine grapes since they require relatively lighter soils. This region is most known for producing Sula’s premium red grapes like the Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Malbec and Tempranillo.
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– Sula Vineyard, Nasik