Thanks to the NWA (Natural Wine Association) Raisin’s wine team attended “Zero Compromise” in Tbilisi: a wine fair of more than 100 Georgian natural winemakers who produce wines with only fermented grape juice: a great opportunity to get to know new winemakers and venues that will be featured on Raisin very soon!
We visited Telavi, in Kakheti Region, and the Alazani valley from which you can see the Caucasus mountains.
Artana Wines, a few km from Telavi: Anastasia was our host (and what an outstanding host she was!). She took us to her vineyards of Rkatsiteli, Saperavi and Tavkveri. We also tried her wines, produced in traditional Georgian amphorae named “qvevri” and her Chacha, the local schnapps that Georgian people also drink during meals: beside a glass of wine, you’ll always find a glass of Chacha!
Gogo Wines, neighbor of Artana Wines: Keti and her dad invited us to a wine tasting in their garden and performed polyphonic singing.
Gotsa Wines, Kvemo Kartli region: our last visit was to Beka from Gotsa Wines, who made us discover that amphoras aren’t only used for wines, but also beers!
The warm Georgian welcome won us over and we can’t wait to go back next year…or before! As in the Georgian tradition, we would like to make a toast to all the people we met, to their generosity, and to this beautiful country with its preserved culture and an 8000-year-old wine tradition!. Gaumarjos / აუმარრჯოს !