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Imeretian Wine

Have you ever heard about Tsitska, Tsolikouri or Otskhanuri Sapere? After a visit to Imeretian wineries, your perception of Georgian wine will change. Wine and Georgia are two inseparable things. Even UNESCO included the traditional Georgian way of making wine in qvevri, in the list of Intangible heritage. It is possible to taste different sorts of wine all over Georgia, however it is not easy to reach places where you can taste unique and rare types of Georgian wine. Here in Western Georgia you will find the most delicate and uncommon kind of grapes. With us you will have the opportunity to visit cellars of three fantastic families. They all form a small army of people, who not only produce wine from regional vine stocks but also make it in a traditional, thousand- year- old way. They grow their grapevines on chemicals-free soil, the wine matures in earthenware vessels (qvevri) where it undergoes natural filtration, and its bouquet is so intense that, when opening a bottle, the aroma spreads throughout the entire room. We suggest going on a one- day wine trail trip, and we promise you, that the delicate Imeretian wine, together with local cuisine and hospitality, will leave you totally charmed.

Important information: it is required to make a reservation in advance, as all the families who cooperate with us do not offer wine tasting on a daily basis. They have to be informed earlier that they will have guests. Therefore if you would like to pay a visit to them, please, first contact us on:

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Gaioz Sopromadze

Gaioz Sopromadze

is a real traditional Georgian man, with a big, Imeretian heart, who loves his country’s culture and way of life...
Address: Rustaveli Street, 3rd Lane, 8, Baghdati, 1000, Baghdati, Georgia

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Shukri Nakashidze

Shukri Nakashidze

is an educated wine technician who produces delicious homemade wine, cognac and liqueur...
Address: 17 Javahishvili Street, Baghdati, 1000, Baghdati, Georgia

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Jora and Temrui Barbukhadze

Jora and Temrui Barbukhadze

the family has been growing grapes, selling grape seedlings and making wine for generations...
Address: Rupoti Village, Terjola

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Grape Strains

There are over 500 sorts of local grapes in Georgia. All regions of viticulture in Georgia are known from local, traditional methods of winemaking.

Also in Imereti wine is being made in its own specific way. It varies from the methods used in other Georgian regions adn Europe. Wine is prepared in a traditional way according to the following steps: grapes are pressed in Satsnakheli – a stumping wine press. The grape must is poured in well washed Kvevri (earthenware vessel) with addition of destemmed Chacha (husks of grapes). For each 18 decilitres load of wine there has to be 16 –20 kg of it. After, it is covered, tightly filled with clay and left to ferment The practice of adding Chacha, not only helps with normal fermentation process, but also accelerates the cleaning of wine, gives it pleasant yellowish colour, more body and aroma. Imeretian wine is full-bodied, has beautiful yellow colour deep, rich bouquet.

Below you can read about the most popular types of grapes which grow in Imereti region.

 

Krakhuna Tsitska
Tsolikouri Otskhanuri Saperavi
Aladasturi

 

X Krakhuna

 

Krakhuna is one of the most distinctive white wine grapes which is widely spread in Imereti. It grows mostly in the middle part of Imereti region and its motherland is the village of Sviri which is located in a special micro zone.

A few decades ago Krakhuna was on the verge of extinction. It is less resistant to diseases than other varieties of grapes therefore many vine-growers refused to cultivate it. However the situation has changed and in the recent years it became quite popular. The main differences between Krakhuna and other grapes are that the first one is ripening early and its fruit has an oval shape. At the same time it is a high quality variety which gives wine a special, interesting taste. Krakhuna grapes are used to produce typically Imeretian and European wines. To create good, high quality wine very often winemakers combine three Imeretian types of grapes – Krakhuna, Tsitska and Tsolikauri. At some point they were also used by Georgian vintners to make Madeira wine and Portwine.

Wine from Krakhuna made in the Middle Imereti region is of high quality, full body and high alcohol. In Upper Imereti however, it wine makers obtain gentler, European kind of wine. Wine type also depends on the time of vintage. Vintage made in September results with European (classic) type of wine. To get a traditional Imeretian Kvevri wine the best period of Krakhuna vintage is the middle of October. If the wine-makers want to get a sweet wine, they plan the vintage at the end of October and beginning of November.

When comparing Krakhuna grapes’ wine to other Imeretian types, wine amateurs always emphasise that the first one stands out for its golden colour and “energy”. 1 year old Krakhuna wine is distinguished by harshness. Long-term storage (around 3–3,5 years) develops strong bouquet, delicate flavour and gets more harmonious.

 

X Tsitska

 

Tsitska is a local, widespread standard variety of grape. It gives a high quality, soft, white table wine and it is mainly used to produce fizzy wines.

Tsitska is mostly spread in the viticultural areas of West Georgia. It occupies a large part in Middle and Upper Imereti and is a highly productive grape variety. It has the first place among the Imeretian productive types of grapes both in productivity of the harvest and production quality. White table wines of exceptionally high quality are being produced in the villages of Middle Imereti at the right side of the Kvirila River. They are located in the areas of micro zones of the villages: Sviri, Kvaliti, Puti and Ilemi. Wine produced in these micro zones is transparent with strong straw colour. It characterises by full body, energy and cheerfulness. When it ages it becomes gentler, more harmonious and develops rich fruity bouquet.

Different wine comes from Upper Imereti region from the gorges of the Chkherimela and Dzirula Rivers where grapes grow on the humus-carbonate soil. The wine is transparent, light straw-coloured, soft and full bodied with well-expressed fruity aroma.

As a result of high features of wine Tsitska gained the first place in the production of fizzy wines.

 

X Tsolikauri

 

Tsolikouri is a local, standard sort of grape, widespread in the areas of West Georgia. It gives a high quality white table wine and also naturally semi-sweet white dessert wine.

In the highlands of Upper Imereti, (in Chiatura and Sachkhere Districts) Tsolikouri grapes accumulate less sugar therefore they are not that sweet and are good enough for table wines. In Middle and Lower parts of Imereti Region, grapes accumulate more sugar and wine from these districts is more absolute and energetic.

Tsolikouri grapes keep the sour taste characteristic to table wines along with its high sugar content. This gives the opportunity to produce high alcohol, full-bodied, energetic and cheerful wine. Sugar accumulation becomes more intense in September, rather than in August and October.

 

X Otskhanuri

 

Otskhanuri Saphere is a widely spread type of Imeretian grape especially in Sachkhere, Zestafoni, Terjola, Chiatura and Baghdati districts. The grapes give a high quality red table wine. Otskhanuri Saphere fruit have very intensive dark-red colour and they are very often used for blending with other red and white grapes.

Otskhanuri is a late variety of grape, harvesting by the end of October or the beginning of November. It manages to develop well and produces extremely intensive red, absolute, fresh and wine.

 

X Aladasturi

 

Aladasturi was a widely spread fruit in Lower Imereti, used to produce local, fine, red table wine. Unfortunately fungal diseases and the phylloxera parasite massively destroyed Aladasturi vineyards. It has survived mostly in the districts of Middle and Lower Imereti. In the first one, Aladasturi is used mainly to shade “marani” (cellars used for storing wine in special pitchers in the ground) or as pavilions (lines) to decorate the yards.

Aladasturi with its agricultural purposes belongs to the group of local grape varieties for wine and table use, which along to its high rate of productivity characterizes with strong growth and ability of easily adapting to different conditions, with rich harvest.

 

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