80-20 Shops began as a neighborhood wine bar, café and shop in Goldsmiths Row, East London. Founded by Georgian Mako Abashidze, the name of the shop refers to the range she sells, which is 20% Georgian Wine Shop and Café, and 80% “local corner shop”. “I wanted to find a way to introduce Georgian wine, crafts and treats to the local area, but still be a community hub and convenience store. It also allowed me to take on the risk of opening a Georgian wine shop while knowing I would keep the loyal customer base who value the shop for their daily essentials”, says Mako.
With her strong connections in Georgia, Mako has been able to source a wonderful range of Georgian wine from small and larger producers, many of whom are her friends. Alongside the Georgians are wines from other countries including Lebanon, Greece, and England – emerging regions that either share a culture of ancient wine or (as in the case of England) are up and coming. The concept has been so successful that Mako has been able to expand, and is soon to open a new 100% wine bar and shop in Peckham, London.
You can buy wine in person at the store, or online at their website (which also stocks delicious Georgian spirits and condiments, as well as hand-crafted textiles and books).
80-20 Shops will be showing their wonderful wines from Barbale’s Marani and Lagvinari at the walk-around tasting of Georgian wine at Dartington Festival in October.