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…

Georgian wine at the Real Wine Fair

Natural wine producers Pheasant’s Tears, Iago Bitarishvili, Okro’s Wine and Iberieli join a delicious cast of hundreds presenting low intervention wines in London. The Real Wine Fair is on in London this Sunday, 12th May and Monday, 13th May. 170 wine makers from all over the world come to show their organic, biodynamic and low-intervention…

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: Lagvinari

This small producer of qvevri wines was founded by the charismatic, curious and dynamic Eko Glonti. Eko’s previous careers were in medicine and geology, and their disciplines show in his sensitive and holistic approach to vine-growing and wine making. From his few hectares of vineyards, Eko makes a wonderfully diverse range of wines from indigenous…

Producer Focus: Mukado Wines

This relatively new estate has a fascinating back-story. Lado Uzanishvili brims with energy, enthusiasm and knowledge. Wine is in his blood. In the 19th century, his forefathers were chief winemakers on the princely estates of Alexander Chavchavadze. They went on to be awarded an Imperial Medallion and 100 gold coins for “Notable and Outstanding Winemaking”…