Sula Vineyards, India’s leading wine producers, see a jump of more than 50% in the number of grapes crushed to be used for production for the coming year with a total of over 9000 tonnes crushed during the harvest stage. The harvest, slightly delayed, started by mid-December and went on till the first week of April. The result was the production of 50% more than what was seen in the Harvest season of the year 2018.
Being particular about the quality and mechanical process of picking the grapes is what has been instrumental in Sula Vineyards controlling almost 65-70% of the Indian Wine Market. The grapes are handpicked, and machine harvests everything from grapes to the stems without any waste generation as Sula’s ‘Purpose’ has been Sustainability for a few years now, which means taking an extra step to recycle and do it right. This ensures that quality control starts from the field itself. They have almost 510 farmers working with them from Maharashtra and Karnataka which will only increase given Sula Vineyards’ expansion plans. In FY 19-20 they have planted 300 new acres of farms which will soon eaxpand to 600 acres of farm area thereby adding to the employment numbers of Nashik, Maharashtra and the country in general, which will give a boost to the Agri-Sector in India.
Karan Vasani, Chief Winemaker, Senior Vice President – Vineyard and Winery Operations says, “The distribution amongst the varietals was around 55% of redvariety grapes and 45% of white grapes crushed at this year. Most of the grapes are crushed and produced in Nashik and the Southern part of Maharashtra although some harvesting and crushing is also done in Karnataka for the wines to be made and sold in Karnataka by Sula Vineyards.”
Kadu, India’s first ‘Wine for a Cause’, (pronounced Kaa-du) is the first premium wine offering from the Sula’s Karnataka vineyards. Sula has decided to take up the cause of the magnificent tiger with Kadu. With each bottle sold, Kadu will contribute towards tiger conservation in Karnataka.