TYPE/VARIETAL: Chenin Blanc
PRODUCT: Sula Chenin Blanc
Rajeev Samant began Sula Vineyards in 1997. After graduating from Stanford, he returned home to India with winemaking on his mind, turning his attentions to a family-owned plot of 30 acres in Nashik, India’s most important table-grape growing region. The terroir and climate there were, in fact, ideally suited to growing wine grapes, but nobody had really considered the idea as a viable business proposition. Rajeev teamed up with Kerry Damskey, a leading winemaker from California’s Sonoma Valley, and planted the first vines in 1997. Despite a great deal of initial resistance—the wine business in India was practically nonexistent, and getting a winery license was difficult—Rajeev’s distinctly Californian philosophy of a winery open to the public has sparked a wine revolution, leading to an excellent atmosphere of cooperation between the growing number of wineries in the area.
Sula Vineyards’ winemaking philosophy is very simple and straightforward: it takes great grapes to make great wine.
A unique location that yields distinctive fruit creates distinctive wines. And when you walk the Sula vineyards, you know that this is a singular location. But this is not old wine country. Set against the rolling green plains around Nasik, a sort of Napa Valley in western India, this is Sula Vineyards, one of India’s largest wine producers with 1,800 acres under cultivation and 10 varieties of whites, reds, roses and dessert wines to offer.
Situated 180 kilometers northeast of Mumbai, Nashik is India’s largest grape-growing region. Nashik is situated 2,000 feet above sea level in the Western Ghats of India, with a climate perfect for wine grapes. It is considered to be on par with world-renowned winegrowing regions such as Spain, California, and Australia. Sula wines are produced with grapes harvested from both their Nashik and Dindori estate vineyards, as well as from local contract farmers operating under the expert guidance of the Sula team.
Sula Chenin Blanc
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