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Saperavi

Saperavi is a fascinating Georgian red wine variety with a lot of potential. Its intense colour, aromas, and flavours make it a great choice for pairing with a variety of dishes. With its long history in Georgia and growing popularity in other countries, it is sure to remain a favourite for years to come.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Saperavi is a dark-skinned grape variety that produces intensely coloured, tannic red wines with a medium to full body. Its aromas range from cherry, raspberry, plum, and blackberry to more herbal notes like leather and violet. Its palate is often described as dry with medium acidity and moderate tannins.

Fresh Saperavi grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Saperavi is the most widely planted grape variety in Kakheti, Georgia, where it is the base of the country's most famous wines. It is also grown in smaller amounts in many other countries, including Australia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and the USA. Saperavi grapes are low yielding and require special viticultural care. The vines are usually trained in a "goblet" shape to increase sun exposure and ripeness. The wines are typically aged in large, neutral oak vessels for a minimum of 12 months before release. Saperavi wines from Georgia are often made in a range of styles, from light and fruity to full-bodied and tannic. In Kakheti, the wines are typically made in a traditional style, which involves maceration and extended skin contact. This results in wines with a deep colour and intense tannins. Wines from other parts of the country tend to be lighter and less tannic, with more emphasis on fruit aromas. Saperavi's medium acidity and tannins make it an ideal match for hearty dishes like grilled meats and stews. It can also pair well with hard cheeses and charcuterie.

Foods to pair with Saperavi:

Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Saperavi
Saperavi grapes have tinted flesh, it is known as a "teinturier" grape variety.

Top Wines with Saperavi

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Gitana Lupi Rezerva

Gitana

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Gitana Lupi Rezerva is an exceptional wine that showcases the best of its appellation. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this wine is produced in a renowned vineyard known for its exceptional terroir. The vineyard features ideal soil composition and microclimate, which contribute to the wine's unique character. The winemaking process involves carefully selecting the finest grapes and employing traditional techniques to ensure the highest quality. Gitana Lupi Rezerva is known for its elegant and refined style, with a perfect balance of fruit flavors and subtle oak notes. This wine is a true testament to the artistry and expertise of its creators.
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pasta
roast beef
roasted vegetables
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Teleda - Orgo Saperavi

Teleda - Orgo

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Teleda - Orgo Saperavi is a captivating red wine that showcases the best of Georgian winemaking. Produced in the renowned appellation of Kakheti, this wine is crafted from Saperavi grapes grown in carefully selected vineyards. The vineyard features a unique terroir, with its mineral-rich soil and optimal sun exposure, resulting in grapes of exceptional quality. The winemaking process involves traditional methods, including fermentation in qvevri, large clay vessels buried underground. This technique imparts a distinct character to the wine, with its deep ruby color, robust tannins, and vibrant acidity. Teleda - Orgo Saperavi is a bold and expressive wine, perfect for those seeking an authentic taste of Georgian winemaking.
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game
roasted meats
grilled meats
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Marani Kindzmarauli

Marani

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4.3
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Marani Kindzmarauli is a red wine produced by Marani Winery in the Kindzmarauli appellation of Georgia. The vineyards are located in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains, where the unique microclimate and soil composition create ideal conditions for growing the Saperavi grape variety. The winemaking process involves traditional methods, including fermentation in qvevri (clay vessels) and aging in oak barrels. The resulting wine is a deep ruby color with aromas of ripe red fruit and hints of spice. On the palate, it is full-bodied with a balanced acidity and soft tannins, making it a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of dishes. Marani Kindzmarauli is a great example of the high-quality wines that Georgia has to offer.
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fruits
beef
cheeses
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Marani Akhasheni

Marani

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4.1
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Marani Akhasheni is a distinguished wine hailing from the Kakheti region in Georgia. Sourced exclusively from the Akhasheni Specific Viticulture area (SVA), situated on the north-facing bank of the Alazani River, this wine embodies the uniqueness of its terroir. Crafted from 100% Saperavi grapes, the vineyard yields at 8 tons/hectare. This medium-sweet red wine is meticulously produced. Grapes undergo manual harvesting at optimal maturity, followed by a gentle de-stemming and crushing process. Controlled-temperature fermentation in stainless steel tanks, managed by cultural yeast strains, ensures a delicate balance. Délestage and remontage techniques guide skin and cap management during 5-7 days of maceration. To preserve natural sweetness and freshness, fermentation is halted by cooling, and the wine is kept at around 0°C before bottling. Akhasheni stands as a testament to Georgian winemaking excellence, offering a unique expression of Saperavi in a medium-sweet, vibrant red.
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dark chocolate
chocolate desserts
roasted nuts
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Dila-o Saperavi Dry Red

Dila-o

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Dila-o Saperavi Dry Red is a premium wine produced by Dila-o Winery, known for their exceptional quality wines. This wine is made from the Saperavi grape variety, grown in the Kakheti region of Georgia. The vineyard features unique soil and climate conditions that contribute to the wine's distinct character. The winemaking process involves traditional Georgian techniques, including fermentation in clay vessels called qvevri. The resulting wine is a deep, ruby red color with intense aromas of dark fruit and spices. On the palate, it is full-bodied with firm tannins and a long, complex finish.
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beef
pork
grilled vegetables
cheeses
barbecue
burgers
roasted meats
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