“It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it is a sip of wine, it’s wine tasting time.”
Enchanting landscapes, musical & fun drives, soothing taste of wines, scrumptious food and an affordable stay at Soma Vineyards makes for a perfect weekend getaway!
This is a must-go trip for all the exhausted corporates out there and who must take a break from their 9 to 5 job lives. What could be better than a road trip away from the polluted concrete jungles to luscious green landscapes?
Soma Vineyards is located along the edge of the backwaters of Gangapur Dam surrounded by the magnificent Sahyadri Ranges which makes Soma a picturesque resort.
Soma is a 50-acre vineyard resort just besides Sula which is very famous in Nashik, Maharashtra. We loved our stay at the Soma vineyards. As Sula is just a minute away you can’t stop but visit.
Soma Vineyards are a 5 hour drive from Mumbai (Thane)
There are chances of stopping for photographs on your roadtrip. Blame the lush landscapes!
Best time to visit these vineyards are the harvest months which is from January to March as they are Lush green and loaded with grapes. During rest of the months only branches will be seen, so give it a thought as per your priorities.
A night stay at Soma vineyards costs Rs 9000 for two people. This includes accommodation, taxes, wine tour & tasting, meals and fuel. Breakfast and a glass of wine are complimentary. Lunch, dinner, taxes, and fuel are separately payable and included in the mentioned cost.
The accommodations at Soma are extremely clean and comfortable although the pool wasn’t clean enough.
The resort has a gymnasium, outdoor-pool, private pool villas, Spa for a rejuvenating massage, Zonkers for adventurous sports , Amphitheater and a red room for carom, table tennis, pool etc.
Restaurants are outsourced.
Book your stay here: www.somavinevillage.com
Accommodation and Dining
The accommodation at Soma vineyards is affordable yet exotic. Rooms are available at the last minute during off-season, otherwise one needs to book in advance to enjoy their stay during the harvest season. The staff here is extremely kind and hospitable. The rooms are extremely clean and comfortable with an ultimate modest interiors. From linen curtains to cozy quilt, from a cool bean bag to a study table, we just loved it all.
We had all our meals at Suffiana which is an outsourced continental cuisine restaurant. The food here is absolutely mouth-smacking and the view here is breathtaking overlooking the vineyards, the amphitheater, the Gangapur dam, and the lush hills. The staff here will insist that clicking pictures are chargeable, but don’t fall for it if you are an in-house guest. We could click pictures the next day after breakfast as the resort staff informed them about the picture thingy.
There is an Indian restaurant in the resort itself, its ambiance is pretty cool with good music and table-chair arrangements. One can take home a bottle of wine from here as well.
Things to do
Visit Sula Vineyards- Beyond By Sula
Sula can be freely explored and captured. There is an open restaurant upstairs with a beautiful view, cool wind, and pleasant ambiance
Each stay at the vineyards includes a complimentary wine tasting. There are batches for wine tours and tastings
which is from 10:00 to 1:00 and from 3:00 to 7:00. In the tour the instructor will basically brief you about the procedures of wine making, bottling & related details. After that there will be a wine-tasting session which concentrates on red wines, white wines and rosé wines. It was fun learning how wine is prepared in India and tasting the different wines, they are really good. We really loved rosé dessert blend the most. Also, you can buy a pack of cheese with different flavors to taste it with different wines.
Biking in the vineyards and country roads
One can hire bikes and explore the vineyards and country roads. Many people were seen riding to visit the neighboring Sula. We didn’t feel the need of bicycles since we had a car and the vineyards were small enough to be explored on foot.
Playing different games in the Red Room
Red room is not what it sounds like. It had many indoor games like carom, table tennis, pool. One could just hang out there anytime as it is 24 hours working.
Gangapur Dam which is seen from a distance is just few minutes away.
Take a dip in the infinity pool or take pictures by the pool
Soma vine village has 3 luxurious pool (private) villas along with the standard rooms. The outdoor infinity pool is a beautiful pool pouring down into the vineyards. It can be accessed by all the guest at their own free time. It is a picture perfect spot. It could have just been a bit cleaner.