Georgia has 8000 vintages under her belt, but not much more than 8 years of exporting to the UK market. Until 2006, the majority of Georgian wine was exported easily to eager markets in Russia and other countries of Eastern Europe, where Georgian wine is long famous and highly prized. In 2006, Russia banned imports of Georgian wine. It was seen at the time as a body blow to the Georgian wine industry, but (typically) the Georgians found triumph in disaster. Since 2007, Georgian winemakers have been focused on new export markets.
Gradually, Georgian wine is becoming more available in the UK, not just from excellent specialist importers, but also from high-street names including Marks and Spencer, and Waitrose.
Fabulous online-retailer of Georgian Qvevri wine, co-founded in 2015 by Anzor the Georgian, and Danilo the Italian, who became friends while studying at Warwick business school.
Anastasiya Kelput has built a brilliant business specialising in Moldovan and Romainian wine, and is now offering the excellent wines from award-winning Georgian winery Maranuli via her online shop. Trade enquiries are welcome.
The UK importer and retailer of Marani, one of Georgia’s biggest and most established wineries. Marani make just about every style of Georgian wine, so this is a good place to get a feel for the range of terroirs and appellations from a single producer.
Theatre of Wine sells a range of exciting Georgian wine in three delightful shops in London, and also via mail-order (details on their website). Call ahead to check what is listed in each shop. Their wonderful staff are always happy to help.
The company is an important supplier to many of London’s best and most wine-savvy restaurants.
Possibly the best wine store in the world? This Mayfair wine shop is heaven for wine lovers, with a stunning range of wines at surprisingly accessible prices. Has a good range of Georgian wine in store, and sells nationally via the website.