Georgian wine, marani, qvevri

Georgian wine comes to Manchester on 12th June

The interest in Georgian wine is booming, as quality soars, availability increases, and press coverage intensifies. Sales of Georgian wine to the UK grew by 30% in 2018, with both established large and new artisan wine-makers securing new UK importers. But there is still a lot of unsigned talent in Georgian wine… WHAT:        Wines of…

How to toast – the Georgian way

In the country where wine was invented (so say Georgians), it’s hardly surprisingly that toasting is serious business. The tradition is called supra, and its background and process are the stuff of legend – and vital for understanding the wine culture of Georgia.   The legend goes that when God was creating the world, He told people…

Saperavi: the grape to watch

If Sarah Abbott MW has her way, Saperavi will soon be as familiar a grape as Shiraz. “It makes soulful tasting wines”, she says.   Saperavi is Georgia’s hero grape variety. One of only a handful of grapes world-wide with highly-pigmented red flesh as well as skins, the name translates as ‘to dye’. Saperavi is the perfect flagship grape for a country which…

Wines of Georgia at the London Wine Fair

Georgia returns to London Wine Fair 20-22 May 2019, Stand K60 Fifteen producers from Georgia will be exhibiting on the national pavilion stand at this year’s London Wine Fair. As part of an expanded programme of activities for the UK market, 15 producers will be attending the Fair. Some of them are already active in…

Producer Focus: Kakhuri Gvinis Marani

A large and important producer, Kakhuri Gvinis Marani has 400 hectares of vineyards in the zones of Tsinandali, Teliani, Akhasheni, Mukuzani, Manavi, and Gurjaani. Retired Major General and former Deputy Defence Minister Nugzar Kevkhishvili developed the vineyards built up by his father and established a new winery in 1995, so that the company could start…

Producer Focus: Babaneuris

This small and beautiful family estate was established in 2005. Located in the north east of Kakheti, Babaneuris winery takes its name from the nearby town. This part of Georgia is the gateway to Tusheti, a national park in the Caucasus mountains and location of one of “the world’s most treacherous roads”. It’s much safer…

Producer Focus: Château Mukhrani

This 19th century Château looks like a little bit of Versailles has been teleported to breezy Kartli. Created in the 1870s by Prince Ivane Mukhranbationi, Mukhrani was a pioneering producer of fine Georgian wine with an international market and reputation. The estate fell on hard times in the early 20th century, with vineyards neglected and…

Producer Focus: Okro’s Wines

John Okurashvili established Okro’s Wines in 2004, after a career as a scientific software engineer and telecoms. He has 5.5 hectares near the ravishingly pretty town of Sighnaghi, in Kakheti. John cultivates his vineyards organically, without pesticides, weedkillers or other treatments and the wines are made without Sulphur or other additions. He is a champion…