Producer Focus: Shumi

This large and quality-focused producer owns vineyards in many of Georgia’s most famed micro-zones and appellations. The winery is in Tsinandali, the aristocratic town that Prince Chavchavadze made the heart of contemporary Georgian wine production in the 18th century. (His palace, now a national monument, is next door.) Shumi was founded in 2001, as Georgia…

Producer Focus: Jakeli Wines

The Jakeli brothers established their organic vineyard in 2001, and began commercial production 7 years later. Their small, 6 hectare, site is in Kashmi, a renowned microzone at altitudes of 500-700 metres. Initially, they vinified their superb, richly-flavoured grapes using conventional methods such as stainless steel tanks, and oak barrels. After several years of also…

Producer Focus: Badagoni

This young superstar of big Georgian wineries own a considerable 400 hectares of vineyards, and benefits from the consulting advices of the renowned Italian enologist, Donato Lanati. Established in 2006, Badagoni’s focus is on Georgian varieties from renowned Georgian terroirs. They have made sure to acquire vineyards in each of the major sub-zones of Kakheti.…

Producer Focus: Giuaani

Giuaani is a young company with old origins. The Giuashvili family have farmed vineyards at Manavi, a noted wine village of Kakheti, since the 1800s. In 2010 they established Qiuaani, with a new winery containing both qvevri and modern technology. Their first wines, in 2014, were an impressive debut, and subsequent vintages have fulfilled that early…

Producer Focus: Lukasi

This boutique producer makes tiny quantities of excellent wines, beautifully labelled and selectively distributed. They are already something of a cult among Tbilisi’s nascent trendy wine scene. Lukasi was founded in 2011 by Ketevan Gersamia and Mamuka Dolidze when they inherited a small vineyard and decided to create their own wine, named for their son,…