Established in the 1960s, for decades Tbilvino was the state-owned engine that satisfied the thirst for easy-drinking Georgian wine all over the Soviet Union. In the last two decades, following Georgia’s hard-won independence, Tbilvino has been transformed into one of the most dynamic, open-minded, large producers of Georgia. The sprawling old winery complex was consolidated and remodeled in the early 2000s, and more recently the equipment was entirely modernized. The wine range is extensive, and includes famous appellations and grapes from all over the country.
Wine making is headed by Georgian Zura Margvelashvili and Australian Jeff Aston. Ongoing collaborations with top flying winemakers make for modern, contemporary wines of great appeal and consistency. Tbilvino have, like many other large producers, adopted qvevri with enthusiasm. Their ‘Qvevris’ Amber wine is a gentle but authentic introduction to this specialist style.
Available in the UK from Georgian Wine Society.