Sula's Guide to White Wines - Sula Vineyards

Sula’s Guide to White Wines

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Whether you’ve decided to embark on the journey to becoming a connoisseur or you’re just venturing into new territory with your favourite bottle, with this in-depth article about our white wine collection, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect match; for all your needs and celebrations!
But before we jump into our portfolio of white wines, let’s first understand what goes into creating this special beverage.


What is White Wine?

People usually assume that red grapes make red wine and that white wine is derived from green grapes. That's not true. Irrespective of whether we use dark-skinned or light-skinned grapes, the juice extracted from them is clear.
Wine derives its colour not from the grape's pulp but its skins. Therefore, during the process of making white wine, grape skins are separated from the rest of the grape before fermentation. This results in a clear mush that is ultimately made into transparent, clear white wine.
With this being said, most of the white wines in our portfolio are made with light-skinned grapes, but many white wines and champagne varieties are made with the ‘blanc de noir’ style of winemaking where they use red grapes to make white wine.
At Sula, we’ve perfected the winemaking process to produce some of the best wines in India, including award-winning white wines! We're proud of having crafted a range of wines, par excellence through a long-drawn process of trial-and-error, experimenting, and using the latest technology.


Types of White Wine

Contrary to the novice’s belief, white wine isn’t a reference to a singular type of clear wine. Even within the category of white wine, there are numerous types. Here’s a quick look at them all.


Bold & Dry

These types of white wines are usually oak-aged and full of intense flavour. They often have creamy, vanilla-tinged notes. Most Chardonnays and Viogniers are bold and dry.


Light & Dry

Medium-dry white wines with a lighter body and fresh notes are best described as light and dry. Most Chablis, Pinot Grigio, and Chenin Blanc varieties fall in this category.


Herbaceous

As the name suggests, this type of white wine is accompanied by herby and green aromas. On the other hand, herbaceous white wines like Sauvignons and Vinho Verdes (Green Wines) are usually light-bodied.


Light & Sweet

Light and sweet white wine usually has residual sugar from the winemaking process, leading to a sweet hint. Think Reislings and Moscatos.


Bold & Sweet

Also referred to as 'dessert wines,' these white wines are usually paired with chocolate, fruit or dessert creations to accentuate their boldness. Most late harvest wines fall within this category.


What are the benefits of White Wine?

Most white wines are packed with antioxidants that have been linked to weight loss. So looks like that glass of your favourite white wine does more than just get you in high spirits!
While red wines are touted for their heart-friendly health benefits, this study found that white wine could be linked to healthier lung function. In addition, another study found that regularly consuming moderate amounts of white wine could potentially lower the risk of developing cognitive problems that can ultimately lead to Alzheimer’s.
By now, it's clear that white wines are not simply alcoholic beverages you can enjoy, but they also are loaded with tons of health benefits.


The White Wines of Sula

Let’s take a look at Sula’s exciting range of white wines and how you can best enjoy them.


THE SOURCE SAUVIGNON BLANC RESERVE

sula white wines Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes, this rich, complex, medium-bodied white wine is smooth and easy to drink. It has the fruity aromas of green tropical fruits and various other stone fruits, with hints of spice and oak that elevate its experience.
The Source Sauvignon Blanc is partially barrel-fermented and partially aged in French oak barrels. Unlike many other Sauvignon Blancs, it has a ripe and rich fruitiness that gives it softer edges and balanced acidity. Also considered one of India's best white wines, this wine won the Silver Medal at the India Wine Awards in 2018! To top it off, this white wine by Sula comes highly recommended by Sonal Holland, India's first-ever Master of Wine!
To truly bring out the fruity undertone of this white wine, pair it with light-on-the-palate dishes like sushi, steamed fish, asparagus dishes, or aromatic salads. It also goes well with milder Indian dishes like Lehsuni Palak.


DINDORI RESERVE CHARDONNAY

white wine chardonnay Made with 100% Chardonnay grapes, Dindori Reserve Chardonnay was launched in 2018, and since then, has become one of India's favourite Chardonnays. This medium-bodied white wine is low on sweetness, has a slight fruitiness and medium acidity.
Its notes are reminiscent of tropical fruit and lemon, with a hint of honey and vanilla. The finish can be described as smooth and almost buttery. These unique tasting notes of Dindori Reserve Chardonnay are brought to life as it is partially barrel-fermented and then partially aged in French oak.
Pair this white wine with simple, creamy dishes like butter garlic prawns, butter chicken, mustard fish, or white sauce pasta for best results. Given how versatile this Chardonnay is, it can be paired with virtually any cheese – from fresh goat's cheese to aged varieties with sharper flavours like Gouda or Gruyere.
This user recommends Sula Dindori Reserve Chardonnay for those who enjoy white wines with balanced acidity and hints of tropical fruits.


DINDORI RESERVE VIOGNIER

Until a few decades ago, Viognier grapes weren't cultivated outside the Northern Rhone region. However, we at Sula grow our Viognier grapes at our Dindori estate at Nashik, making it possible to bring you an authentic Viognier white wine experience.
Made from 100% Viognier, our Dindori Reserve Viognier is beautifully intense, textured and boasts of delicate flavours of apricot, peach, and lychee. With low acidity and high alcohol content, this wine is the perfect pick for those who enjoy medium fruity, medium-bodied wines.
The Dindori Reserve Viognier pairs beautifully with creamy curries, perfectly accentuating the richness of the curry with its subtle fruity hints. It also goes well with rich shellfish dishes, tagines, root vegetables, and more complex preparations like Goan Xacuti. This user also found that our New World-style Viognier pairs well with salted, fried nuts.


SULA SAUVIGNON BLANC

Sula Sauvignon Blanc was one of the first Indian wines that made waves worldwide and got wine drinkers to take notice of Indian wines. It is also India's first home-grown Sauvignon Blanc!
Best described as herbaceous and crisp, our Sauvignon Blanc is interspersed with the zingy aroma of bell peppers, with a playful, tropical touch of green apple and guava, tied together with an almost-zingy finish. In addition, this white wine is incredibly food-friendly, so it's a great choice for pairing with your everyday meals.
Classically, Sauvignon Blancs are served with seafood or chicken, as the herbaceous quality compliments these flavours perfectly. It also pairs well with moderately spicy foods like paneer tikka and hara-bhara kabab owing to its refreshing acidity. Additionally, its herbal aromas make it an apt choice to be paired with green salads and other lightly-prepared vegetarian dishes.


SULA CHENIN BLANC

Made from 100% Chenin Blanc grapes, Sula Chenin Blanc wine is an easy-drinking off-dry variant that’s great for first-time wine drinkers, as well as those who love a fruit-forward wine.
Also famed for being India's bestselling white wine, our Chenin Blanc boasts of ripe, tropical fruit flavors accentuated with hints of luscious honey. This user notes how ‘light’ the wine is, making it perfect to be sipped on in hot weather, while this user talks about how this Chenin Blanc’s fruity notes perfectly balance its refreshing acidity.
This Chenin Blanc wine pairs well with fresh, green salads and delicately prepared meals like vegetable quiche. Its fruitiness also goes well with Gujrati cuisine that leans towards the sweeter side but still has a tinge of spice. Given its unique flavor profile, Sula Chenin Blanc also pairs well with soft cheeses like cheddar, cream cheese, and gruyere.


SULA CHENIN BLANC RESERVE

This delicious white wine that won a Gold Medal at the 2019 India Wine Awards is made with 100% Chenin Blanc grapes. The unique part about the process of making this wine is that only 12 to 15% of the grape blend is aged in French oak barrels, giving the wine its distinct texture, taste and complexity. This user highlights how this wine’s flavour is just slightly different from the regular Chenin Blanc, making it worthy of the ‘Reserve’ tag!
This limited-edition Chenin Blanc Reserve has delicately layered aromas of melon and honey, with flavours of concentrated tropical fruit and honey, with a vivaciously racy finish that tastes best chilled.
The Sula Chenin Blanc Reserve pairs well with fish curry, paneer tikka, spinach ricotta ravioli, chicken hariyali, and the herby flavours of pesto pasta.


SULA RIESLING

Famed for being India's first-ever Riesling, Sula Riesling is an easy-drinking off-dry white wine, perfect for first-time wine drinkers and those who enjoy sipping on sweet wines. It’s a light, refreshing Kabinett-style white wine that’s made from fully-ripened grapes picked from the main harvest. This winemaking style gives Sula Riesling a well-balanced profile of sweetness and acidity, with an immensely citrusy and aromatic-yet-fresh flavour.
Our Riesling is best complimented by Chinese appetizers like spring rolls and chili chicken that have a perfect balance of spicy and umami flavours. It also pairs well with the milder flavours of sushi and the more complex flavours of dishes like tandoori chicken.


SULA LATE HARVEST CHENIN BLANC

white wine in india You may have heard of many sparkling dessert wines, but have you ever experienced the lusciousness of still dessert white wine? Sula’s Late Harvest Chenin Blanc, made from 100% Chenin Blanc grapes, is just what you need!
Famed for being India’s first still dessert wine, as well as India's first-ever Late Harvest Chenin Blanc, this deliciously fruity and sweet white wine has rich aromas of apricot, mango, and raisins, rounded off with luscious acidity and a memorable finish. Its full body and indulgent sweetness make it the perfect accompaniment to the final course of a memorable meal. It also shines as an elegant aperitif.
Sula Late Harvest Chenin Blanc pairs best with decadent preparations like cheesecake, panna cotta, qubani-ka-meetha, and gulab jamun. It also goes well with the rich creaminess of blue cheese.


Final Thoughts

At Sula, every wine is made with the utmost respect for the environment, following strict sustainable , environment-friendly practices. As India’s largest and most-awarded wine brand, we’re always striving to bring forth some of the best wines in India, combining age-old winemaking processes with the latest technology, interspersed with sustainability.
We hope that this in-depth guide to white wines has helped you better understand Sula's wide range of white wines and that you're now motivated to be a more adventurous and knowledgeable wine drinker.
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