Sula, Wines, Vineyards, Nashik
 


Kerry Damskey, Director & Master Winemaker


 Currently the Master Winemaker for Sula Vineyards, Kerry Damskey played an integral role in the founding of the company and supported Rajeev Samant's decision to first grow wine grapes in Nashik soil. Kerry has worked for wineries all over California and across the world to hone his wine knowledge, finally establishing himself as one of California's best winemakers. He consults with the Sula team several times during the year to jointly review winemaking practices and the latest wines from our vineyards. After his first visit to India, he was convinced that Nashik was a singularly unique location that would yield distinctive fruit, and create great wines. Kerry's familiarity with the Indian terrain coupled with his focus on constantly improving the quality of our wines have led to Sula being consistently known the world over for great wines.

 
 

Chaitanya Rathi, COO Sula Vineyards | Sula Selections

Sula, Vineyards, Nashik, Wines, India

Chaitanya Rathi is an accomplished professional with distinguished performance in Alocbev, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Retail, Payments and Fintech sectors. Over the last 14 years of his career, Chaitanya has been instrumental in increasing revenues, building projects, creating processes, driving profit growth, improving brand awareness and leading large teams amongst varied businesses on a national and international level. He has served on the boards of various companies in India and abroad as an Investor and Director. Chaitanya has a Masters in Food Biotechnology from the UK and an MBA from INSEAD in Singapore. He previously worked at Sula from 2006 - 2012 as AVP – Business Development and Marketing, and joined us once again as Chief Operating Officer in 2019 to play a pivotal role in driving the business to greater heights.



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Bittu Varghese, Chief Financial Officer


Bittu Varghese, a passionate finance professional, comes with a rich

experience of over 16 years. A seasoned Chartered Accountant, Bittu has

been at the helm of numerous operational finance and functional roles,

leading strategic transformation projects, delivering operational and financial

efficiency and an enhanced internal control environment.

He joins us from Pernod Ricard, one of the leading companies in the alco-

beverage space. Prior to his engagement with Pernod Ricard, he has worked

with Coca-Cola (Bottling) and S.C. Johnsons.

His last assignment was at Pernod Ricard Thailand where he was overseeing

Business Planning, Reporting and Controls.

As the new CFO of Sula, Bittus’ key focus area would be to make Sula’s

finance ecosystem robust and to make the team future-ready.

 
 

Karan Vasani, Chief Winemaker & SVP Vineyard & Winery Operations

Sula, Vineyards, Nashik, Wines, India

Karan started his career as an Assistant Winemaker in Oct 2013. Arming himself with a Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology from Lincoln University, New Zealand, Karan travelled across the globe from one terrain to another to learn more about the wine world.

Karan is in charge of the Maharashtra operations at Sula Vineyards, looking after the wineries here. Leading the winemaking team at the vineyards, he supervises all the winemaking processes right from grape harvesting through bottling. While doing so, he spends a lot of time in the vineyards working closely with the viticulture team to ensure that the highest quality grapes are grown so as to ensure that Sula’s wines continue to be the highest quality. 

Immersing himself completely into the wine scene, Karan has completed three levels of the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) program and is also a qualified WSET Educator. He also added another feather to his cap when he was awarded the prestigious ‘Champagne India Scholarship’ in 2014 by the Bureau du Champagne in India.



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Gregoire Verdin, Brand Ambassador | Head of Tastings & Trainings


Gregoire is Sula’s Brand Ambassador and Head of Tastings & Trainings. Born and raised in Burgundy, France, he studied business law at the prestigious University of La Sorbonne, in Paris then worked in hospitality for many years, including at a VIP concierge company and world-renown restaurants such as Noma in Copenhagen. He has also spent significant time in vineyards throughout France, as a grape-picker and cellar hand, and these experiences have reinforced his deep knowledge and love of wine. Passionate about food and cooking he started his own spice trading company and has traveled the world searching for the finest quality spices, which naturally lead him to India and ultimately Rajeev Samant. He represents Sula at various national and international events and works closely with many teams, including marketing, sales, and winemaking. His personal mission is to make sure that everyone gets a chance to taste Sula's fine collection of domestic and imported wines.

 
 

We take our job of bringing you India’s finest wines extremely seriously. The whole process starts in our vineyards, long before the wine reaches your glass. Our winemaking and viticulture teams work seamlessly to ensure that all aspects of grape growing and harvesting are monitored under the best conditions, allowing the land to produce its best for generations to come. Above all they bring the love of the land with them - local knowledge honed over the years and a strong commitment to conserving our natural resources. Together, we ensure that only the best grapes go into every bottle of Sula.  

We're proud to be India's largest partners of wine grape farmers in India, with our commitment to fair livelihoods and sharing advancements in agricultural technology directly with our farmers to increase their production. Our farmers are a key part of the Sula family, and we take pride in supporting a number of small family-run farms in the region thereby contributing to sustained economic development and progress.