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Wine Tasting - Yes in India not Europe

Updated on February 9, 2012
Sula Wines
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My father took up work in Pravara and so my parents shifted to Loni for a couple of years. For those of you unfamiliar with the region this is in the western state of Maharashtra in India.

One of the surprises that being in Loni threw up was the fact that we were in vineyard country. The fledgling wine industry of the country was dependent on the grapes grown in Nasik district for its wine production.

Sure I had eaten a carton full of grapes that came from Ozzar but it never dawned on me that the same grapes made wine too.Well they do and you can taste that wine at the source before it hits the market.

The tasting room at Sula Vineyards will allow you that luxury. Located near Nasik the place is ideal for a day trip. The tour guide did want to take us to the “back side” to show us the winery, but hey we were there for the wine not the English.

The hour long tour runs you through the basic process of white, red and rossa wine making. I loved the huge wooden barrels that they mature the wines in. Reminded me of something right out of Asterix comics!

First you roam around the vineyards, processing areas and bottling area, before you proceed to the tasting room. Then you are taught to see. swirl, smell and sip your wine like a pro.

They give you crackers between each wine to revitalize your taste buds. Although after the third wine it all kind of begins to taste the same.

You do get a little happy if you choose to consume all the pegs that get poured into your glass. Like my mom and hubby both did, saying we paid for it and we're drinking it. Thankfully they were not driving back :)

So you can choose to take a tiny sip and throw away the rest of the glass into a pot.Specially if you intend to leave and drive back from where ever you happen to be visiting.They provide the pot!

Other than the wine tasting room they also have a restaurant called Little Italy on campus. Although the fact that it was vegetarian made it impossible for us to sample its fare. The troubles of traveling with hard core non vegetarians!

I believe they serve the Sula Wines along with the food. The vegetarians who visit and choose to eat there can kindly update us on the quality of the food served.

They have an exclusive bungalow called “Beyond” located at the vineyards. Its got three bedrooms with views of the lake. They also have a lawn and a swimming pool.Nice enough venue for a weekend getaway from Mumbai or Pune.

An in house chef will serve you “organic vegetables” grown locally. No hope for non veg there as well, although you can hire a kayak and cruise the lake. You will need to make your bookings well in advance.

Get more details at

nasik maharastra:
Nashik, Maharashtra, India

get directions

Sula Wines is on the outskirts of this city


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    • BkCreative profile image


      6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I would love to participate in this event. Wine...and organic vegetables too. I'll share this with friends. Thanks a lot! Yay!

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from India

      thanks look forward to it if I am in town for the winter break

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      Feline Prophet 

      6 years ago

      Will let you know once they've been decided!

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from India

      Cool, what are the dates for this year? I'll see if I can make it.

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      Feline Prophet 

      6 years ago

      I'm part of the organisation that holds the events and we've been doing it for five years now. :)

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from India

      Simone it was a novel idea for me as well.

      FP is that so? Must be a recent event, didn't have it 13 years ago when I lived in Pune.

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      Feline Prophet 

      6 years ago

      Sounds like you had a fun time, cashmere. In Pune we have a wine tasting festival every December - make a trip this year! :)

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Wine tasting in India... that would be a really fun experience! Thanks for putting the idea on my horizon :D

    • H P Roychoudhury profile image

      H P Roychoudhury 

      6 years ago from Guwahati, India

      As an Indian I feel proud to know that grapes grown in large in Nasik district, which was not known to me so long. Thanks for beautiful hub.


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