Drink Saperavi this Christmas

Is there a red grape more suited to Christmas feasting than Saperavi? This versatile grape can be used to make dry, semi-sweet, full-on sweet, and fortified wines. If you wanted, you could drink nothing but Saperavi with every part of your Christmas meal! It’s a grape of incredible character, balancing refreshing acidity with intense chocolate and…

A Tbilisi mini-break isn’t complete without a visit to Kakheti

The beauty and cultural richness of Georgia is finally gaining Western recognition – and not a moment too soon. Tbilisi’s appeal is providing an important opportunity for Georgian winemakers to get their wines in front of multi-cultural, multi-national consumers. That’s why we were so excited to see Tbilisi featured in an article in The Sunday…

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…

Saperavi

Saperavi means “something to colour with,” or “to dye”. A very old variety, Saperavi is Georgia’s most widely planted red grape, with 10% of all plantings throughout the country (over 4000 ha). Saperavi can be dry, semi-sweet, full-on sweet, or fortified. Both traditional and European methods are used, and it may be aged in French,…