Sonal Holland MW

Sonal Holland MW

Date an MW: 2016
Based in: India

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Biography

India's first and only Master of Wine, Sonal Holland is an award-winning wine broadcaster, educator, consultant, judge and an entrepreneur. She is the Founder of SOHO Wine Club that delivers curated wine selections and fine experiences to highly discerning consumers in India. She is also the Founding Director of her namesake wine academy which offers certified WSET wine courses and consultancy to leading hotels and the trade. Sonal Holland recently commissioned India Wine Insider, India's first comprehensive survey on the urban Indian wine consumer' awareness, attitudes and usage of wine. Sonal is the Founding Chairperson of India Wine Awards, India's first-ever competition that recognises, rewards and celebrates the best of wines, both Indian and international, available in the Indian market. Her pioneering digital (YouTube) channel ‘Sonal Holland Wine TV’, dedicated to wine education and entertainment, has been awarded for its innovation in content creation by the Digital Women Awards, and been named the Best Wine Vlog in India by the Food Bloggers Association of India. Sonal Holland is the most celebrated wine professional in the country today, for her trailblazing achievements and leadership initiatives in the field of wine. She has been regularly featured among the Top Women in Wine in India by the Indian Wine Academy. Blackbook – India’s top Luxury Insider, has featured her among the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Indian Luxury in 2015 and 2016, as well as among the Top 100 Most Influential People in Indian Luxury in 2016. Sonal enjoys being on the judging panel at international wine competitions including the Decanter Asia Wine Awards, Concours Mondial du Bruxelles and the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition. In addition to her Master of Wine title, Sonal holds a Diploma in Wines & Spirits from the WSET, London, Hotel Management Diploma from the Institute of Hotel Management Dadar in Mumbai, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Mumbai University.