The grapes to produce Shiraz Maharashtra Sula Vineyards were cold soaked and then fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of between 25° to 30°C. During fermentation regular, gentle pump-overs took place to extract the desired levels of colour and flavour and to impart structure to the wine. Shiraz Maharashtra Sula Vineyards is influenced with a subtle oak character to impart complexity to the wine.
The vineyard is located in Nashik, to the north of Mumbai in the Western Ghats Mountains. The vines are grown at approximately 600 metres above sea level. The climate here is mild in the winter with temperatures of approximately 10°C, rising to 35°C in the summer. Rainfall can be high. The vines are grown in red soils with gravel and clay, which has a high iron content and good drainage.
Sula Vineyards is situated in Nashik, India’s largest grape-growing region. The winery was set up in 1997 by Rajeev Samant & Kerry Damsky. They pioneered the growing of the French grape varieties Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, which were first released in 2000 to wide acclaim as India’s best white wines. Sula Vineyards now cultivates Shiraz and Zinfandel amongst other international varieties and is broadly recognised as India’s premium wine producer.