See, Swirl, Sniff and Sip…!

This year in the month of July the world famous vineyards of Champagne and Burgundy in France won the World Heritage Status. Wines indeed are a vital and integral part of the European culture. Wine Tourism which is still in its nascent stage in India is gradually gaining impetus. The grape –growing regions and farmlands are realising the importance of the immense potential and a bright future the wine industry has in India and off late we have the Indian wines gaining popularity.

One such well-connected easily accessible place near Mumbai is ‘The Sula Vineyards’. A trip to the Sula Vineyards located in Nasik makes a fully loaded weekend getaway for people who want to indulge themselves in this grape nectar. Sula Vineyards are located on the outskirts of Nasik, about a four hours’ drive from Mumbai.

Sula Vineyards has a wide spectrum of luxurious experiences to offer and one can pamper oneself completely with some amazing activities along with sipping on the wines at Sula. To enjoy the authentic and rustic wine tasting experience they have the dark and alluring tasting rooms. These rooms have an amazing ambience with bottles hanging from the ceiling and wine barrels around which really enhances the experience of being at a winery. You also have an option of spending time in the balcony with the glass of wine in one hand and the platter of cheese in the other, enjoying the spectacular and magnificent views of the vineyard. Guided Tours are conducted here which lead you to the 4 steps or 4 ‘S’ of tasting Wine which is to See, Swirl, Sniff and Sip. These 4 ‘S’ of wine tasting makes us experience wine by all our senses. Seeing the wine helps us know how old the wine is; older the wine the better it tastes, swirling it makes its shine visible, sniffing it gives us its aroma and sipping it, its taste! At Sula one can taste and buy wines of their choice and in the evenings view the spectacular sunset from the balcony.

Apart from vineyards Sula offers Accommodation known as ‘Beyond by Sula’ which is located near the winery. Beyond resort offers 35 rooms each having private balcony / sit out, which gives you amazing lake view. Chill out in the vineyard pool, get into action and ride your bicycle on the countryside roads or try lip smacking delicacies offered at the resort.

‘Beyond’, living up to its name, actually goes beyond the expectations of the visitors to Sula and offers amenities such as ‘Café Rose’- Dining restaurant, ‘White Room’- A conference Hall for Corporate Conventions, Infinity Pool with Open Bar, ‘Vino Spa’- Offering rejuvenation with the Spa Treatment, Jacuzzi and an Amphitheatre for Events and Rock Concerts.

The best time to visit Sula Vineyards is from January to March. In the first week of February the famous ‘Sula Fest’ is organised. Sula Fest is a two day event, completely dedicated to wines and music. There are interesting activities such as ‘Wine Stomping’ and many more. Later on shake your legs on the beats of some great music at the ‘Sula Music Concert’. Sula has something to offer to everyone. For the shopaholics there is the ‘Sulafest Bazaar’ held during the 2 Day festival, thus becoming the cherry on the cake your entire Sula Experience.

So next time if you are planning a lot in less time, Sula Vineyards is a great option!

Prachi Kande
(Team Veena World)