Nestled in Nashik, Sula Vineyards has truly pioneered great wine, now validated with a prestigious win!
India’s largest wine producer, Sula Vineyards is the proud recipient of a gold medal at the recent International Wine Challenge 2022.
Not only is this an honour for the winery, but also the country as it gives India its first gold on such an established stage. The winning wine from across their extensive range is the Sula Brut Tropicale. An elegant and charming sparkling rosé, the wine won over the judges and this reputed award with 95 points. In addition, the cherry on top was perhaps the Sula Late Harvest Chenin Blanc, which managed to snag a bronze medal with 87 points.
Held annually since 1984, the International Wine Challenge (IWC) is one of the most prestigious international wine awards. The IWC had received over a whopping 18,000 wine entries this year, making the gold medal an all the more coveted win.
Sula Vineyards has time and again proved itself as a pioneer in the Indian wine industry, having set significant milestones in both winemaking and tourism. Over the last two decades, Sula Vineyards has played a pivotal role in building and solidifying the roots of the Indian wine industry. A true pioneer and achiever, Sula’s win has definitively established India on the global wine map. This isn’t the first win for the brand though. Just last year, Sula Vineyards won 10 awards at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 and had 6 wines selected by Wine Enthusiast.
Nestled in the rolling hills of Nashik, now the wine capital of India, Sula Vineyards constantly explores the Indian terroir to make authentic, artisanal wines. They were also one of the first innovators promoting wine tourism, now garnering more than 400,000 footfall annually. Sula Vineyards opened the country’s first winery Tasting Room in 2005, Beyond by Sula in 2010 and India’s first heritage winery boutique hotel The Source at Sula in 2017.
Delighted at the wins, Rajeev Samant, Founder & CEO, Sula Vineyards says, “An International Wine Challenge medal is one of the most prestigious honours for the global wine industry. We are absolutely thrilled to be the first ever Indian winery to win a Gold medal with our Brut Tropicale bubbly. This award is a terrific milestone that firmly puts Indian wines on the world wine map and paves the way for many more to come. This IWC Gold is a testament to our team’s hard work and to the increasing quality of Sula and Indian wines. Kudos to the entire Sula family for this honour.”
The IWC recognizes the brand’s fine winemaking skills and motivates it to produce even more beautiful wines. Firmly committed to remaining at the forefront of Indian wine, Sula continues to experiment with new grape varieties, engage in sustainable agriculture and support the local rural economy.
And as wine connoisseurs, we can’t wait to restock our bars and keep sipping!