Before introducing you to Georgian wines, it is very important for us to make sure that you understand Georgia.
It is common to see confusion for people who believe the Georgia being referred to is a US state, however there is another Georgia. Georgia is a small country located in the Caucasus region, bordering Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey, Armenia and bounded to the west by the Black Sea. So, what makes Georgia unique?
Georgia’s land is home to grape cultivation and wine production for at least 8000 years. Making it one of the oldest wine regions in the world with unique grapes and wines offered. If you are tired of French Sauvignon Blanc, try Georgian Tsinandali made from Rkatsiteli and Mtsvane grapes. Italian Barolo doesn’t hit the spot anymore? Then go for Georgian Saperavi. Tsinandali, Rkatsiteli, Saperavi, all of these names may sound unknown or even confusing, but with the constant and rapid emergence of Georgian wines being seen in England, these wines will be part of your home bar in no time. By choosing Georgian wines you aren’t only opening yourself to the world of new grapes and wine types, but to the whole new wine making method. Georgia has its own unique wine making method called Qvevri.
What is Qvevri?
Qvevri is an egg-shaped vessel, which is used for making, ageing and storing the wine. Though this may be a new and unheard of wine making method to you, various sources state that there is evidence of grape pips and qvevri dating back to the 6th millennium B.C. It is still being used to this day by not only individuals but also well-known Georgian wine producers. The actual wine-making process involves pressing the grapes and then pouring the juice, grape skins, stalks and pips into the qvevri, which is sealed and buried in the ground so that the wine can ferment for five to six months before being drunk. This unique method of wine making give the wines a distinct personality as opposed to the typical barrel methods used.
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