The Georgian wine history begins some 8000+ years ago when wine as we know it was started to be produced in Shulaveri Gora in Georgia. Georgia is by many considered as the very birthplace of wine there are several artifacts that add evidence to this story and it is true that no one has come up with evidence of older wine than what has been discovered in Georgia.
Kakhetian traditional winemaking
Georgia is famous for vinification the Kakhetian way, known as “Kakhetian traditional winemaking”.
The significant part of the process is the fermentation of the wine in egg shaped clay pots known as Kvevri. The largest kvevris can hold up to 5000 litres of wine however the most commonly used kvevris hold between 1000 and 1500 litres of wine. The Kvevri is buried into the ground leaving only the neck above. This result in a perfect vinification climate. The wine is fermented and later stored in the kvevri.
Famous kvevri wines
- Schuchmann Mtsvane
- Mukhrani Rkatsiteli
- Vita Viner Kisi Amber wine
- Pheasant’s Tears Saperavi