ITM Kharghar had organized an Industrial Visit for the first-year students of International Business on the 10th of December 2018 to Sula Vineyards, Nashik. 56 students visited the industry.
Students reported to college at 6.30 AM where attendance was taken, and all students boarded the bus at 7.00 AM. Breakfast and transportation was provided by the college. The journey was for 4 hours to Nashik and all students reached Sula Vineyards at 11.00 AM.
Sula Vineyards in Nashik is India’s most famous and most accessible winery. From humble beginnings in 1997, Sula Vineyards has admirably developed into a world-class winery with boutique guest accommodations. The winery is open to visitors, who can enjoy a tour, tastings, courses, and fun events.
The students understood the process of Wine-making by taking a half an hour tour to Sula’s winery, which is equipped with modern machines and solar-powered lights, and where one would find how the white and red wines are created.
The students were guided by a Sula executive who said that its wine-making team samples the grapes during the harvest season and intricately checks their flavor as well as sugar and acid levels.
Once the grapes have been harvested and have reached the winery, the processing method used differs depending on whether a white, red or rose wine is to be made.
“When making a white wine, the stems, skins and seeds of the grapes are discarded and only the juice is used. The grapes are loaded into an elevator which carry the grapes up to a pneumatic balloon press. In the press, the grapes are pressed, and the juice is extracted. This entire process is called Whole Bunch pressing. The juice is pumped into a tank and fermentation is affected. However, the entire grape berry is used to make red wine because the colour is in the skins of the grapes.” he added.
The grapes are passed through a machine called Crusher-Destemmer which separates the berries from the stems and also partially crushes the berries. The separated berries are then pumped into a tank with the help of a must pump where fermentation is carried out.
The process of fermentation is integral to wine making.
“Fermentation is the process of converting the sugar of the grapes to alcohol via the action of yeast. When making white and rose wine, in order to preserve the delicate aromas and flavours of the wines, fermentation is carried out at relatively low temperature of 12-14 degree Celsius and last for a period of about three weeks.” he said.
In the case of red wines, the fermentation is carried out at warmer temperatures of 28-32 degree Celsius in order to extract the colour and tannin from the skins.
After understanding the process of wine-making, the students were taken to the storage where Sula stored its wine in huge barrels.
The students were then taken to taste four different types of Wines made at Sula and were also taught the way to drink wine:
The Visit helped the students in understanding the process of wine-making and also the understanding of its supply chain. It also enlightened the students about the corporate culture and knowledge about how to drink wine in front of top delegates at corporate parties.