This exquisite winery, cellar and house was first created by the remarkable couple Ilia Chavchavadze and Olga Guramishvili in the late 1800s. Aristocratic, artistic, philanthropic and very much in love, they enlarged Olga’s family property in Kartli to make qvevri and sparkling wine from their nearby vineyards. Poet, politician and thinker, Ilia Chavchavadze was the father not only of Georgia’s wine industry, but also of the nation. He was a persuasive advocate for Georgia’s independence from imperial Russia. When he was assassinated 1907, wine production at the beautiful Marani ceased. The house and cellar fell into long neglect, until 2016, when it was restored by KTW, one of Georgia’s largest wine producers. Today, Guramishvili’s Marani produces qvevri, sparkling and classical wines from their own 18 hectares and purchased grapes. Wines are excellent, although not yet available in the UK.