Sula Vineyards wine producer
Sula Vineyards is the brainchild of Rajeev Samant, who developed a taste for wine in California while studying at Stanford and then working at Oracle in Silicon Valley. He returned to his native India in the early Nineties, without any intention of getting involved in the wine business. But a 1994 visit to his family’s lands in the Nashik Valley, where table grapes are a long-established crop, planted the idea. He returned to California and worked for three months at a small winery belonging to his friend Kerry Damsky, who is now Sula’s Master Winemaker.
Rajeev planted his first vineyards in the Nashik in 1996, with Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc, both of which were new to India. Sula Vineyards (named after his mother, Sulabha) was formally founded in 1999 in time for the first harvest. Many others followed his lead over the next decade, so that the Nashik is now known as India’s Napa Valley, producing 80% of Indian wine, of which 70% is made by Sula. Although India’s wine production is about the same as England’s, that still makes Sula a very big operation. More than 3000 acres of vineyards supply grapes, though most do so under contract and aren’t owned by the winery.
As the largest producer they offer a full range. Their whites are particularly highly regarded, mostly based on Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc, though there is also a Viognier and a Riesling (India’s first). Reds come from Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel.
Decanting Club wines made by: Sula Vineyards
From Maharashtra, India
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