Biography: Sudha Patil, Owner – Winemaker


Dr. Sudha Patil’s extraordinary palate and BS in chemistry go hand in hand in producing Narmada Winery’s elegant wines. In the short time since the winery opened its doors, her skills in both the art and the science of winemaking have brought national and international recognition and more than forty gold medals.

Sudha’s focus is to create graceful wines that preserve the true character of the fruit. She became interested in fine wine during extensive US and international travel with her husband Pandit Patil. She has observed winery operations and discussed winemaking techniques with vintners in the US and abroad.

Dr. Patil’s formal study of winemaking began with Jim Law of Linden Vineyards who she calls the “guru” of Virginia wine. At the winery, she works closely with consultant Tom Payette to finetune her approach to producing the best quality wines from the best Virginia-grown fruit. Sudha remarks, “Not enough can be said about these wonderful people in my life of winemaking.”

In addition to managing wine development and production for Narmada Winery, Sudha’s touch is evident in every aspect of the winery. The grounds are lovingly landscaped according to her seasonal plans. The warm and welcoming tasting room is enhanced by both her personal hospitality and her international sensibility in the choice of decor, food pairings, and gift selections.

Sudha Patil hails from Thane, a small town outside Mumbai, India. From her parents, Balachandra and Susheela Khadke, Dr. Patil learned the hard-driving, tenacious work ethic that is needed to succeed in business. She has been a proud Virginia resident for over 40 years and practiced endodontics in Northern Virginia for 20+ years, and now part-time in Culpeper, VA. She holds a BS in Chemistry from George Mason, a DDS from Georgetown University and an MS in Oral Biology from the University of Maryland.

Pandit and Sudha Patil have been married for over forty years and have two children who live in Maryland and four lively ganrdsons. Her son Dr. Susheel Patil is Clinical Director at Johns Hopkins Sleep Medicine and is married to Jaya Patil, CPA. Daughter Prema Sharma is a chemical engineer married to Raj Sharma, MBA, CEO of Censeo Consulting Group. In her free time, Sudha enjoys travel and spending time with her family.

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