An escapade for wine connoisseurs
Nasik is often called the Wine Capital of India, due to the proliferation of vineyards in the region over the last two-three 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 Beyond By 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 Beyond By 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. The name Sula has been taken from his mother’s name. 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 By Sula, 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: a smaller, intimate property with a Sky Villa and seven lake view rooms.
As you arrive at Beyond, a rectangular glass and concrete structure on stilts greets you in sharp contrast to its rural-natural surroundings. Grey and brown tones ensconce a warm interior of a light and airy residence and public areas whose floor to ceiling windows create a sense of oneness with the outdoors. The two buildings that make up Beyond overlook placid Gangapur lake and offer spectacular views throughout the day and especially at sunset. Just half a day’s drive from Mumbai or Pune, this is the perfect spot to relax, unwind and rejuvenate, surrounded by serene, lush greenery and misty hills.
Having recently undergone a refurbishment and upgrade, Beyond By Sula is a haven of peace and privacy flanked by fields on one side and the placid waters of Gangapur lake on the other. The three bedroom Sky Villa is superbly minimalistic with unparalleled lake views and beautifully panelled open-air walkout decks with loungers. In addition, there are 7 lake view rooms.
All guest rooms are elegant; the décor is stylish and understated with some colourful, design elements. The rooms are characterised by wooden or slate floors, large beds, marble bathrooms and outdoor area. The rooms are well appointed and fitted with flat-screen TVs, minibar and free WiFi.
The on-site multi-cuisine all-day restaurant delights guests with fine meals made from the freshest, organic ingredients, many of which are grown on the estate farms. There is also the choice of in room dining, from a limited menu.
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. The inviting infinity pool and sun-loungers beckon for a quiet siesta any time of the day. For the active guest, the neighbouring Source has equipment for racquet sports as well as cycles to explore the area and villages around the property. The spa offers a variety of beauty and body therapies. Booking in advance is recommended, especially on weekends.
Beyond By 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.
Beyond 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 pundayamj on 08/12/2022
We stayed for a day here. The approach road stretch of last couple of kilometres towards the resort can be improved. But once you are in, you are in a different world. The view of the reservoir lake...
by preety0907 on 08/10/2022
Located in a serene, picturesque and scenic backdrop, the peaceful ambience of the exteriors provide a delightful experience. The lush surroundings and exquisite landscape tempt to return. The...
by rishabhm1607 on 08/10/2022
It was a great 2 days trip to Sula. They have the best policy and management. Start from booking till the check out, team was very generous and helpful throughout. We were there with our 4month old...