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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. They plant typical sorts of grapes however they also create new varieties of the fruit. Their vineyard is quite big so everyone who wants is more than welcome to join them for the grape harvest. Their wine which matures in both bottles and in qvevri (earthenware vessels) is being sold all over the country. Barbukhadze’s are amazing people with traditions, they love having guests at home and they always host them with typical Imeretian hospitality. It is a place where wine never ends and even drinking horns aren’t smaller than 1 liter. The family lives in a picturesque village in a big, comfortable house where they can host up to 8 people. They have a huge garden perfect for children or a quiet afternoon on the grass. While staying with them, you will notice that everything that they do, they do with passion and love for wine and people.

Prices: 20 GEL – wine tasting, 20 GEL – accommodation, 20 GEL – food

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


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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