A winery resort with a Tuscan twist!
Nasik is often called the Wine Capital of India, due to the proliferation of vineyards in the region over the last few decades. This small city in the north of Maharashtra set on the banks of the Godavari river is an ancient pilgrimage site, where the Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years. The year around pleasant climate combined with lush vistas of greenery and lakes makes Nasik ideal for a weekend getaway or an escape from the city, whether you are a wine enthusiast or not.
The Sula Estate is Nashik’s first winery and now The Source at Sula is India’s first heritage winery resort. With unbeatable vistas of rolling hills, lakes and vines, it is the ultimate escapade that offers a one-of-a-kind vineyard and winery experience with a strong focus on sustainable...
The Sula Estate is Nashik’s first winery and now The Source at Sula is India’s first heritage winery resort. With unbeatable vistas of rolling hills, lakes and vines, it is the ultimate escapade that offers a one-of-a-kind vineyard and winery experience with a strong focus on sustainable tourism and water conservation.
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Following a few years in California where owner Rajeev Samant studied and worked, he returned to his home town Nashik in 1994 only to realise that it had the perfect climate for growing wine grapes. He soon began importing varieties from different parts of the world and by the year 2000 set up Sula...
Following a few years in California where owner Rajeev Samant studied and worked, he returned to his home town Nashik in 1994 only to realise that it had the perfect climate for growing wine grapes. He soon began importing varieties from different parts of the world and by the year 2000 set up Sula Wines & Estate. In 2005, the estate had a wine tasting room and soon after in 2007, the estate was ready to receive its first resident guests at Beyond, a small boutique hotel.
What started off as a small hotel with five rooms has now blossomed into two distinct hospitality concepts –The Source at Sula, built as a stylish and elegant resort and Beyond By Sula, a smaller, intimate property with a Sky Villa and a seven lake view rooms.
As you arrive at The Source at Sula, you may get the sense of being deep in Tuscany as an arched heritage building in sunny yellow in the midst of vine trees comes in to view. But this spot in the lap of nature, just half a day’s drive from Mumbai or Pune is the perfect spot to relax, unwind and rejuvenate, surrounded by serene, lush greenery, misty hills and the placid Gangapur lake.
The Source at Sula has 51 elegant guest rooms. The décor is stylish and understated with the occasional burst of colour. The rooms are characterised by wooden or slate floors, wooden beams, four-poster beds, marble bathrooms and outdoor area. The rooms are well appointed and fitted with flat-screen TVs and minibar and free WiFi. Each room is named after a picturesque wine growing region from across the globe.
The Courtyard rooms are in a duplex building; the rooms on the ground floor have a patio/terrace and rooms on the first floor have balconies. Both have either a garden or mountain view. The tree houses are large and elevated on stilts with lovely garden views. The tower suite is the largest room, and its balcony overlooks the vineyard and the lake. There are two large double rooms as well named Vintage and Cru, that can accommodate a family or small group of four people.
Freshly brewed coffee and other beverages are available in the inhouse coffee-shop throughout the day. Apart from the bar, where you will be spoilt for choice for wine and spirits, there are two main restaurants; Little Italy serving fine Italian cuisine and Rasa, the Indian restaurant serving a selection of popular regional and national dishes.
A tour of the vineyards and the winery is a must for first-time visitors to the Sula estate. Learn how grape-vines are planted, grown and later picked and processed to make some of the finest wines in India. For the active guest, the property has equipment for racquet sports as well as cycles to explore the area and villages around the property. The inviting pool and sun-loungers beckon for a quiet siesta any time of the day. The spa offers a variety of beauty and body therapies. Booking in advance is recommended, especially on weekends.
The Source at Sula is a good base to visit Nashik, an ancient holy city known for its association with the Ramayana as it is believed that Lord Ram took a dip in the Ram Kund (pond) in the Panchvati temple complex that overlooks the Godavari River. Other local sights include the Someshwar Waterfalls and the ancient Pandavleni Caves.
The property is an ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, suitable for both small business and social events including weddings and celebratory occasions. And for anyone interested in learning about wines in India. Families with children are also welcome.
Open all year
The practices at Sula Vineyards have been influenced Rajeev’s travels and personal values. From its inception, the environmental, social and economic aspects for operations were laid out to ensure sustainability, and it continues to strive to ensure that sustainability is looked at one of the pillars of success. They have set themselves the goal to become the most sustainable winery in Asia and have created their own Sustainable Sula Initiative. The sustained efforts of ensuring no wastage of resources, reducing waste, following organic practices, working with the community is documented and shared to maintain transparency.
The use of solar energy has been extended to the pumps that supply water to the vineyard and currently meet nearly 65% of their energy needs through renewable energy, thereby reducing their carbon footprint. Rainwater harvesting, recycling water and drip irrigation help reduce the dependence on fresh water resources. Wet waste including the waste of grapes is turned in to compost, while the seeds are used to make Grape Seed Oil. Dry waste is recycled where possible and this has led to less trash going to the landfill. Packaging used for the wines is 99% recyclable.
Sula Vineyards have adopted the villages nearby and provide support in areas such as installing underground drainage systems, providing RO water, assisted the local schools, installed street lights and created parks and open spaces. Many of the staff are from the local villages. Employees are looked after and trained and upskilled. Sula works with a number of small family-run farms as well.
by nk_share on 05/23/2022
Could have spent more time...Nice Service....Jagdish and Neha etc are very cooperative. Room service is also good....especially Mr. Shantil (if i remember correctly his name) . Breakfast was...
by rajivo2017 on 05/23/2022
Fantastic layout with Spanish villas , rooms. Silent and appealing. Guest experience from Jagdish and Neha was amazing. I will come back soon. Our birthday customised and it was managed well. The...
by Jimit911 on 05/23/2022
The whole staff is really helpful and always polite. The stay is amazing. Best season to come would be the grape harvesting one. Everything is handled very nicely and with proper care. Good food...