“Wine is sunlight held together by water” – Galileo Galilei
These were the words that came into our minds when we visited the famous Sula Vineyards, Nashik earlier last month. Known as the Wine Capital of India, Nashik city has become an ultimate destination for all the wine-lovers in the country. The climate conditions of Nashik make it a well-suited location for grape cultivation and hence this is the favored region for wine production in India.
After reading a lot of posts on vineyard tours in Italy, France, etc., we very much wanted to have an up-close look into the enticing World of Wine. And thus we planned a road trip from Mumbai to Nashik with the sole purpose of exploring and enjoying a delightful day at Sula Vineyards.
Sula Wines are one of the leading wine producers in India and also the main contributors for the increased commercial sale of local wines in India. We were looking forward to explore the place and learn more about their wines (along with sampling some generous amount of wine as well!!). The vineyards are located few kilometers outside the Nashik city and we couldn’t contain our excitement, as we got closer to the city. After a quick freshening up and lunch at Gateway Hotel Ambad, we drove towards the vineyards.
The vineyard boasts of about 1800 acres of grape plantation and is a sight to behold. As luck would have it there was a Wine tour to be conducted just as we reached and we happily joined the crowd of other enthusiastic wine lovers. The guide gave us a brief intro and history of Sula, which was then followed by visit to the various rooms where they process the wines. It was fascinating to learn the details of the wine making process as the guide explained us the procedure of harvesting and crushing of the grapes, fermentation and aging of the wine along with many interesting details.
The group was then moved to the Tasting Room, where the much-anticipated tasting session was conducted. As the saying goes, “Swirl, sniff and sip the wine”, we were shown how one can relish every drop of wine in the classic way by following these steps.
After the tour we retired to the rooftop restaurant to enjoy some more of their delicious wine and watch the beautiful sunset over the sprawling vineyards. As we sat back and sipped on our wines taking in the beauty of the countryside all we could think was that this is one of the best ways to end the day far away from the bustling life in the city.