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,…

Producer Focus: Schuchmann Wines

An exemplary larger producer, Schuchmann has shown the world the versatility, consistency and appeal of contemporary Georgian wine. Co-founded by German industrialist Burkhard Schuchmann and famed Georgian winemaker George (Gogi) Dakishvili, the winery was distinguished from the start by its commitment to both Qvevri and ‘European’ wine of global quality standards. Their elegant qvevri wines…

Producer focus: GWS

GWS GWS (“Georgian Wine and Spirits”) is one of the biggest and most dynamic producers of Georgia. It emerged from the Soviet-era government winery “Telavi2”, which was established in the 1970s. In common with several former Soviet wineries, Telavi2 was purchased by forward-thinking entrepreneurs in the early 1990s, just as Georgia was emerging into independence.…

Producer focus: Iago’s wine

Iago Bitarishvili makes just 5,000 bottles a year, but his influence and impact is that of a major, and visionary, producer. From his family vineyards in Kartli he makes arrestingly elegant Amber and White wines from the local Chinuri grape. Born to a wine-making family, Iago reintroduced the use of Qvevri in the early 2000s…