Looking out onto the wide, expansive Sula vineyards you can see why the property is so perfect for a festival, and why in its fifth year, they were expecting close to 8,000 people over the course of two days.
In an effort to understand wine, you can take a tour through the cellars where the wine is prepared and stored, keeping in mind different factors and monitoring its progress right up to the point when it's bottled. A tasting followed where we invited to taste a selection of Sula wines, which included the refreshing sparkling wine Sula Brut, a Sauvignon Blanc a spiced, dry white wine, the Sula Blush Zinfandel a fruity, floral and fun Rose and the Rasa Shiraz, which is only produced in the best years and hence is considered a collector's wine.
Check out pictures of the people who performed and attended the Sula fest here
The festivities were kicked off by the bikers of the Harley Owners Group, who rode from Mumbai to Nashik and made quite an entry. Among the gastronomic options, you could choose from a variety of cuisines ranging from the conventional Lebanese and Chinese to interesting options like Spanish Tapas and Sushi counters. Not to feel completely disconnected from the common wine thread, there were also wine sorbets by Amore being served as a delicious dessert option among others.
Rajeev Samant- Founder and CEO- Sula Vineyards with Nitin Sawhney
DJ Sasha started the afternoon off with some upbeat, loungy tunes, followed by the BlackStrat Blues featuring Nikhil D'Souza who played an amazing set that completely matched the vibe of the evening. As the evening progressed, the tempo increased with the Reggae Rajahs featuring Steppah Style and Etienne Mbappe and Su La Take. Finally, Papon and the East India Company really got the crowd going, with people getting up off the comfortable lawns to dance along with the performance. Another interesting performance was by Ayush Shrestha from the Roc Fresh Crew, who gave the crowd a taste of some true-blue B-Boying.
Reggae Rajahs feat Steppa Style
There was no shortage of spirits with the likes of Mount Gay Rum, Remy Martin, Cointreau, Asahi, Hendrick's Gin, Budweiser and Balvenie all with their own counters garnering as much attention as Sula.
The Sulafest bazaar included fun stalls like the legendary Furtado's music store, funky accessory store Less Common More Sense, The Big Bag Theory, gift stalls Princesse K and Gift Architectz and even a stall of Sula merchandise itself . Also, to fill in time between performances, guests could participate in a variety of fun activities like tarot readings and grape crushing that truly brought the whole wine experience to life.
Day 2 kicked off with DJ Mescalito who got the crowd going with a two-hour set. Next, the popular Ankur and the Ghalat Family rocked the stage followed by Soulmate. And then, the much-awaited Nitin Sawhney took the stage in front of countless fans, some of whom had attended the second day precisely for him following his performance at Blue Frog earlier in the week. Dualist Inquiry ended the festival on a perfect note, making sure that everyone would look forward to Sula-festing again next year.
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