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: 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…

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.…