The first Indian Master of Wine in the World


HospiBuz Desk

Sonal Holland, India’s only Master of Wine. A true example of one in the billion. She is India’s most accomplished wine professional. Her journey of becoming the only MW of India is incredible and she has won numerous accolades in this field. She is the former corporate head of wine and beverages at ITC Hotels. She was awarded as ‘Wine Personality of the year’ by FBAI.

Her aspirations are to draw India’s attention towards wine. Sonal is regularly acclaimed as one of the most influential personality in India’s luxury industry.

Her ventures include Soho Wine Club, where she is trying to spread the magic of wine in the land of whisky lovers. According to Sonal, wine should never be judged on the basis of its price and label. But it should be judged on how good it tastes, how finely it is made, how intense the flavours are, how finely are they blended together. Choosing a wine for yourself is a meticulous process. The wine you drink should suit your palate and budget. This is her idea behind her Soho Wine Club. In just two years, this club has emerged as the country’s most influential wine society. It brings the most exceptional wines for its members, which are chosen through expert selection process.

Sonal Holland also founded the Sonal Holland Wine Academy. It is India’s most respected institution founded in 2009 offering certified WSET wine courses. It is a licensed collaborator with WSET London.

It has completed nearly a decade in the business of Education. This academy has distinguished itself as a top-class educator in India’s beverage universe.

Sonal and her team’s exquisite knowledge and necessitate education style is suiting the individuals, hospitality & airline companies, wine industry and F&B professionals.

India Wine Insider

In June 2018, Sonal Holland MW entered into a partnership with Wine Intelligence, a global consumer research leader, to launch Vinitrac® India, a survey of Indian wine consumers that monitors and tracks the attitudes, behaviours and consumer relationships with wine in the country