Founded in 1915, Telavi Wine Cellar fell on hard times in the post-Soviet era. It was rescued from bankruptcy and neglect by a small group of entrepreneurs led by former surgeon, and avid Burgundy fan, Zurab Ramazashvili. (“When I first suggested we buy it, they thought I was mad”, he says.) Today, this is one of the most dynamic and admired large producers in Georgia. Fresh, fruity, alluring wines are made here using both European and Qvevri methods. The Qvevri Wines, marketed under the Satrapezo label, are intense, pure and beautifully balanced. The rich, vibrant Satrapezo Saperavi is one of the best examples of contemporary Qvevri winemaking. It has won multiple major awards, including an International Wine Challenge Trophy in 2017.
The “Regional Range” is made using what the Georgians call “European” methods – i.e., conventional winemaking, without Qvevri. These wines offer fresh interest and excellent value for money in lively wines made from indigenous grapes. Their aromatic, fresh and lightly floral Mstvane, is a nice example of this charming Georgian grape.