Few words about Georgian wine
I believe first of all I should note that Georgians themselves usually drink so-called "house wine." You would rarely see locals ordering a bottle of vintage wine in a restaurant. They prefer liter and a half or two liters of white / red home-made. On the average, cost per liter is about 7 GEL (USD 4) . Taste is... very natural) Do not search for any "bouquet, bark oak, cherry buds etc.". This is a table wine and that's it.
If talking about vintage wines, the choice is wide and wine is good . Well it’s not France nor Italy and Georgian wines have something to strive for . And they try. While export of Georgian wine to Russia was being banned (2006 - 2013) the quality of wine improved significantly. Russian consumers are not very pretentious while redirecting export to Europe made Georgians to work on quality so that it met European standards.
In general, there are three (I can even say two and a half) world methods of winemaking: European , Kakhetian and Imeretian.European technology is used in France which is a standard for all other countries (Italy, Spain etc.). This technology is characterized by using only grape juice for white wines and juice with the grape peeling for red ones. Kakhetian method, as the name suggests, originated in Kakheti (eastern region of Georgia). Grapes are pressed together with seed, peelings and springs. The mixture is poured into special clay vessels – kvevri. Then kvevri are filled they are put into the ground (in order to maintain a constant temperature - about 14 C) and sealed . Kvevri are placed in special rooms resembling cellar - Marani. Wine material is left in kvevri for fermentation for a period ranging from several months to one year. The wine is then bottled and sent to storage. Its taste is different from the taste of European wines-it’s more astringent and rich.
Imeretian technology is a mix of European and Kakhetian. In this case, they do not use grape springs and wine material is brewed about six weeks.More and more wineries focus on traditional Georgian method of wine production which involves kvevri. At the moment there are three Georgian masters who make kvevri. If you want, we can visit them and see the process.
Wine industry in Georgia has always been associated with the church. It is known that at the beginning of last millennium Kakhetian monks supplied wine to Europen royal courts. Now many Georgian monasteries are still engaged into production and sale of wine. Their wine is sold on the domestic market and abroad.
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