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Kakheti

Georgia
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Region Description

Kakheti is a wine region located in eastern Georgia, known for its ancient winemaking traditions and unique grape varieties. The region has a long history of wine production, dating back over 8,000 years. Kakheti is home to over 70% of Georgia's vineyards and produces a wide range of wine styles, from dry whites to full-bodied reds.

Beautiful landscape of Kakheti wine region

Grapes & Wine Styles

The main grape varieties grown in Kakheti are Rkatsiteli, Saperavi, and Mtsvane. Rkatsiteli is a white grape variety that produces crisp, refreshing wines with notes of citrus and green apple. Saperavi is a red grape variety that produces deep, full-bodied wines with flavors of dark fruit and spice. Mtsvane is a white grape variety that produces aromatic wines with floral and tropical fruit notes. Kakheti is also known for its traditional qvevri winemaking method, where the grapes are fermented and aged in large, egg-shaped clay vessels buried underground.

Notable Producers

The main grape varieties grown in Kakheti are Rkatsiteli, Saperavi, and Mtsvane. Rkatsiteli is a white grape variety that produces crisp, refreshing wines with notes of citrus and green apple. Saperavi is a red grape variety that produces deep, full-bodied wines with flavors of dark fruit and spice. Mtsvane is a white grape variety that produces aromatic wines with floral and tropical fruit notes. Kakheti is also known for its traditional qvevri winemaking method, where the grapes are fermented and aged in large, egg-shaped clay vessels buried underground.

Fun Fact about Kakheti
Georgia is considered to be the birthplace of wine, with evidence of winemaking dating back over 8,000 years. The traditional qvevri winemaking method used in Kakheti has been recognized by UNESCO as a part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Top Wines from Kakheti

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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
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Marani Kindzmarauli

Marani

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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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Marani Tsinandali

Marani

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Marani Tsinandali is a distinguished offering from the renowned Kakheti region in Georgia, hailing specifically from the Tsinandali Specific Viticulture Area (SVA). Its allure lies in its meticulous crafting process and exceptional varietal composition, predominantly Rkatsiteli (80%) and Mtsvane (20%). Harvested at peak maturity by hand at the end of September and early October, the grapes undergo a gentle journey from vineyard to bottle. After being softly de-stemmed and macerated on skins for 8 hours, the juice is slowly fermented in stainless steel tanks at precisely controlled temperatures. Thirty percent of the wine is aged in oak barrels for four months, imparting depth and complexity. The resulting wine, released in September following the vintage year, boasts a harmonious blend of flavors and a distinctive character, emblematic of its moderate continental climate and the expertise of its producers.
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Chicken
Pork
Vegetable
Asian Food
Pizza
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Kimchi
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Corn
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Mukhrani Goruli Mtsvane

Mukhrani

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Mukhrani Goruli Mtsvane is a delightful white wine that showcases the unique characteristics of the Goruli Mtsvane grape variety. Produced in the Mukhrani appellation, this wine is crafted from grapes grown in vineyards with ideal conditions for viticulture. The vineyard features a combination of fertile soil and a favorable climate, resulting in grapes with excellent flavor and aroma profiles. The winemaking process involves careful selection and gentle pressing of the grapes, followed by fermentation and aging in oak barrels. The end result is a wine with a vibrant and refreshing style, offering a harmonious balance of fruitiness and acidity. Mukhrani Goruli Mtsvane is a true gem for wine enthusiasts seeking a distinctive and enjoyable white wine experience.
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Marani Akhasheni

Marani

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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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