Sula Vineyards, India’s leading wine producer, took another step towards being the most sustainable winery in Asia. The wine giant joined hands with the forest department of the Government of Maharashtra for an exhaustive tree plantation drive in Nashik. As a part of the voluntary activity ‘Shramdaan’, Sula planted over 5000 healthy saplings spread over 11 acres of land in Vasadi village. These saplings included native species like Karanja, Sheesham, Jamun, Arjuna, Aapta, Tamarind, Bamboo and some medicinal plants.
The brand not only planted the saplings but also willingly undertook the responsibility of digging pits, fencing of the entire area and ensuring safety of the plants till they grow into self-sustainable trees. The winery is also in conversation with the authorities to acquire three times the current area of plantation to grow over 25,000 trees by the end of this year.
Sustainable practices like mass plantations, use of solar energy, water harvesting and community service are the heart of India’s most loved wine brand.
“We believe in making wine keeping the future in mind. Our efforts have included rainwater harvesting, usage of solar panels and waste management. It is imperative for businesses to realize the responsibility towards the environment and we take full onus of our practices. The climate change is affecting everyone and it calls for immediate actions. Our journey towards a greener future will include many more tree plantation drives, moving to even more solar energy and reducing our water consumption.” said Founder and CEO of Sula Vineyards, Mr. Rajeev Samant.
Present during the plantation drive were Deputy Conservator of Forests, Nashik West Shivaji Phule and Range Forest Officer Ravindra Bhoge. From Sula, Senior Vice-President (Public Affairs) Sanjeev Paithankar and Deputy General Manager (Legal Affair) Kishor Ahire were present for the drive.
Sula is on a mission to become the most sustainable winery in India and Asia by 2021. They have played an active role in Nashik by not only increasing the green cover of the city but by also providing livelihood to thousands of people involved with the winery. It is also cultivating additional land across Maharashtra and Karnataka, to boost to the agriculture sector. The company has also installed water ATMs in nearby communities which provide water security and safe drinking water to many villages near their plant.