10 Wines You Should Try in Georgia

Variety of Georgian wines | © Revolweb / WikiCommons
Variety of Georgian wines | © Revolweb / WikiCommons
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Writer28 December 2017

Being one of the oldest winemaking countries in the world, Georgia produces many varieties of wines tailored to any taste. There are large and small companies producing wines along with family-run wineries. Creating a comprehensive list of the wines to try in Georgia would have been very long. Thus, we have decided instead to list some of the best ones to take into consideration when visiting the country.

Giuaani – Rkatsiteli Qvevri 2014

Rkatsiteli is a dry, white wine, made from specially selected Rkatsiteli grapes. The wine is made using the traditional method of qvevri. The fermentation process lasts for six months and turns the wine into a light golden or amber color. It has the flavor of ripe and dried fruits and goes well with roasted or baked meat and cheese.

Winiveria – Saperavi 2015

This dry red wine is also made in qvevri from Saperavi grapes. It’s characterized by prune and blackberry flavors. It pairs well with veal and barbecue meals.

Winiveria – Mukuzani 2014

Muzukani is a dry red wine with a ruby color characterized by flavors of black plum and blackberry together with oak tones. It goes well with traditional Georgian cuisine and fried meats.

Besini – Premium 2013

Made from Saperavi, Cabernet, and Merlot grapes, Besini’s Premium red wine is ruby-colored and distinguished by prune, blackcurrant, ripe cherry, and black chocolate aromas. There’s the subtle flavor of vanilla and oak as well. The wine is perfect for grilled meat, stews, and cheese.

Vita Vinea – Rkatsiteli

Rkatsiteli is a Georgian grape varietal, thus giving its name to the wine. Amber in color, the wine is characterized by the flavors of dry fruits and raisins.

Château Mukhrani – Shavkapito 2014

This dry red wine is limited in quantity. Shavkapito has a mature ruby color with crimson hues, rich in red cherry and plum aromas. The wine is matured in oak, giving the wine additional flavors of berry fruits.

Shavkapito is an indigenous varietal known for impressive and unforgettable wines. It’s a perfect match for meat dishes, spicy stews, mature cheese, and casseroles.

Tchotiashvili – Saperavi 2014

Purplish in color, Tchotiashvili’s Saperavi has cherry and dogwood aromas. However, when you drink it, you can taste the flavors of dry fruits and berries.

Kontcho – Alexsandreuli

Alexsandreuli is another grape varietal typical to Georgia. The wine is made with traditional methods in qvevri. After fermentation, the wine is aged in oak barrels for one to two years. It has a red cherry color, characterized by intense flavors of red berries.

Chkhaidze – Chkhaveri

The Chkhaveri grape is cultivated in the Guria region, in western Georgia, and is distinguished by its pink hue. It has an aroma of citrus, red fruits, and berries, particularly strawberry, blackcurrant, and grapefruit. It’s a dry wine with a high acidity and a long aftertaste. The wine goes well with fried turkey, meat, salads, fish, and pizza.

Winiveria – Khikvi 2014

This dry white wine made in the European style stands out with the typical aroma of Khikhvi grapes. With exotic fruit aromas and an exceptional flavor, Winiveria’s Khikhvi is best served at 10-12ºC (50-54°F).

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