Chinuri: Georgian sparkling wine

The name ‘Chinuri’ is derived from the word chinebuli, meaning ‘excellent’ in Georgian. It refers to the grape’s reputation for excellence in terms of appearance, colour and flavour. Chini also means ‘reddish-green’, appropriately matching the blush red-yellow-green the grapes turn as they ripen. Some winemakers even call Chinuri ‘Chinebuli’. Chinuri is one of the most important white…

Racha-Lechkhumi’s secret grape variety

Racha-Lechkhumi is one of Georgia’s smallest wine regions, but also one of the country’s most important. Covering less than 2000 square miles of Northern Georgian, this little region is wedged between Imreti in the south and the Greater Caucasus mountains to the north. Remote as it is, Racha-Lechkhumi long harboured an unsung hero grape, Alexsandrouli. Alexsandrouli,…

The perfect summer wine: Dzelshavi

Lockdown is making life far more challenging for us all but we’ve found a silver lining is a heightened appreciation for what we put on our tables. With summer fast approaching, thoughts turn to the delicious lighter foods and drinks we can enjoy in the sunshine. Fingers crossed the British summer stays fine! Dzelshavi is…

Georgian Wine UK – April Update

30th April 2020   Georgian Wine in the UK – April Update Exports of Georgian wine to the UK have increased greatly: the latest figures from the National Wine Agency of Georgia show a tenfold increase year on year for the first quarter. This is despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, as Sarah Abbott…