Our Story - India’s favorite vineyard, Sula Vineyards

Our Story

- Rajeev Samant -
Promoter, MD & CEO

Rajeev Samant
Rajeev Samant
Rajeev Samant's introduction to wines took place during his early years studying at Stanford University and working at Oracle in California, neither grapes nor wine were at the top of his mind when he returned to India in the early 90s. A chance visit to his family's land in Nashik - a region well-known for growing table grapes - in 1994 led to the seed of an idea, and before he knew it, he began pursuing the idea of growing wine grapes in Nashik. His curiosity piqued, Rajeev spent three months at a small winery in California that belonged to his friend and mentor - and now Sula's Master Winemaker - Kerry Damskey.


Working on the frontlines of wine production gave him an inside look into the world of wines, and in 1996 Rajeev established Sula Vineyards, with several other wineries in India following suit over the next decade. The name "Sula" came from his mother's name - "Sulabha" - and symbolized the rich, Indian heritage of his wines. This was a wine that took pride in being Indian, being the first company in the country to use an Indian logo.

Deeply influenced by his travels and his personal values, Rajeev Samant firmly believes in being a steward of the land and in sustainable business practices. Under his guidance, Sula is one of most sustainable wine businesses in the world with more than 2MW of installed solar PV capacity providing us with over 60% of our annual energy needs. We have a strong viticulture team which works closely with grape growers to assure quality and quantity as per our needs. 

Rajeev is also a leading advocate for India's wine industry and is actively sought out to represent the interests of India's wine producers and farmers to national and state Governments.