About Wine – Handmade Ceramic Wine and Chacha Bottles

Mildiani Family Winery ceramic wine and chacha bottles

The award winning Mildiani Family Winery is located in the heart of Georgian wine-making in Tsinandali Village in the Kakheti region of Georgia. Established in 1991, the winery has vineyards comprising 100 hectares and exports around 80% of its wine. The winery initially bottled its wine in ceramic bottles and even after it began bottling in glass in 1997 … Continue reading

About Wine – Qvevri and Qvevri Wine Museum

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The Qvevri and Qvevri Wine Museum in the historic village of Napareuli, in Georgia’s Kakheti region, is the first and only museum in Georgia dedicated to Qvevri and Qvevri wine-making. Thousands of years ago the people of the South Caucasus region discovered how to transform wild grape juice into wine by leaving it to ferment in … Continue reading

About Celebrations – The Grape Harvest

The Grape Harvest at President Saakashvili's Vineyard_1

This year’s grape harvest has begun in Georgia. The process of picking grapes and making wine, together with the accompanying celebrations, is called Rtveli (Georgian: რთველი) and marks the end of the agricultural cycle for the year. Rtveli involves almost everyone in Georgia. Wine is produced by thousands of small vineyard farmers (using primarily traditional techniques of wine-making), as well … Continue reading

About Sights – Kvareli Gvirabi

Winery Khareba wine stored at Kvareli Gvirabi. Photo courtesy of Winery Khareba.

Kvareli Gvirabi, near Kvareli (Georgian: ყვარელი) in Khaketi region, is Georgia’s largest wine cellar – 7.7 km of tunnels and galleries that maintain a constant temperature of 12-14 degrees C and 70% relative humidity all year round – perfect storage conditions for wine. Originally built for military purposes during the Cold War, the tunnels (gvirabi) … Continue reading

About Events – Kartli Wine Festival 2013

Wine Producers at the Kartli Wine Festival in Gori

Georgia About attended the “Kartli Wine Festival” in the city of Gori (Georgian: გორი) in Shida Kartli region in eastern Georgia. The event aimed to promote and popularize Kartli wine. Visitors had an opportunity to speak to local wine producers, taste the wines, browse stalls displaying local crafts and also enjoy traditional music and a barbecue. The festival … Continue reading

About Celebrations – Rtveli (Georgian Wine Harvest and Festivities)

Truck Full of Grapes

Rtveli (Georgian: რთველი) is the traditional vintage (the process of picking grapes and making wine) accompanied by celebrations that mark the end of the agricultural cycle for the year. For centuries, viticulture has been of great economic importance to Georgia. Today, there are more than 175,000 acres planted with vines. The vine also has an iconic and … Continue reading

About News – Georgian Vintner Wins Medals in Los Angeles Competition

Georgian vintner GORELLI wins 5 medals at the 2012 Los Angeles Wine and Spirits Competition. For 73 years, the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition has showcased the finest domestic and international vintages through a wine-tasting event that is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious in the United States. An esteemed panel of judges … Continue reading

About Wine – Introduction to Traditional Wine-Making

Chacha (grape skins, stems and pips) in a kvevri

Thousands of years ago the ancient people of the South Caucasus Region discovered how to transform wild grape juice into wine by leaving it to ferment in clay vessels called Kvevri, which they buried in the ground. It was from Georgia that the method of wine-making in Kvevri spread to Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and the rest … Continue reading

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