Sula’s Janus Brandy Wins A Bronze Medal At The 2016 International Spirits Challenge


While the Sula brand is perhaps best known for being the first producer of premium Indian wine, it recently pulled off a coup in another alcohol sector; its grape brandy. Janus recently won a Bronze Medal at the 2016 International Spirits Challenge.

The Story of Janus

Janus is India’s first 100% grape brand. Named after the Roman god, Janus, who legendarily had two faces, the brand combines the French Cognac making-heritage with Sula’s expertise in growing and selecting premium grapes. The brandy is made by double distilling small batches of grapes in French alembic pot stills.


Janus was launched in 2015, and is currently available in bottles of 750 and 180 ml, priced between Rs. 1500 and Rs.2390 in different states for a 750 ml bottle.

The International Spirits Challenge Award

The International Spirits Challenge is an annual, international challenge which is in its 21st year. Through the event, it aims to promote and judge quality spirits based on taste, design & packaging and marketing.


Each year, the ISC receives more than 1400 entries from nearly 70 countries. It’s from this line-up that Janus took home a bronze medal after a blind tasting by a panel of specialised judges.


Commenting on the win, Rajeev Samant, the CEO of Sula Vineyards said “This acknowledgement further validates JANUS’ ground-breaking project to create India’s first 100% premium grape brandy. Winners are determined in part by experts in the industry. We are pleased that they have recognized our efforts to lead the industry in terms of innovation and quality.”