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Sula Vineyards goes green- replaces diesel with solar for water heating

According to reports, a series of environmental best practices adopted by Sula Vineyards, one of India’s largest wine producers, has enabled it do away with diesel gensets for generating power, meet 60-70 percent of its water requirement from water harvesting and 40 percent of its fertiliser needs through vermiculture.

“At Sula, we’re not just focused on making great wine, we’re focused on making great wine well. And since great wine starts with the environment, it’s in our best interests to take good care of it in the long run,” Sula Vineyards CEO Rajeev Samant said.

To move away from coal- and diesel-based power, the winery has installed enough solar water heaters to heat 5,000 litres of water a day to 70°C.

“This is enough for almost all of our hot water requirements. For a few requirements, such as bottle cleaning, where we need water at a higher temperature, we will soon be installing a wood-fired boiler, fuelled entirely by woody vine clippings from the vineyard,” Samant said.

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