Amiran Vepkhvadze’s vineyards are planted outside
the village of Kldeeti, in the Zestaphoni region of
Imereti in West Georgia. Imereti is one of the top
wine regions of Georgia after Kakheti. It is also
one of the most diverse regions in terms of grape
varieties, climatic conditions, and soil composition.
An attorney by trade, Amiran Vepkhvadze inherited a
few hectares of Otskhanuri Sapere, a rare, indigenous
varietal found only in Western Georgia. Today, this
is the largest contiguous plot of the grape variety.
For years he sold the grapes to a large local winery.
What they would pay gradually decreased until
Amiran decided to start making his own wine.
Little by little, his production is increasing and he has
new vineyards planted that will add to this growth.
As was the case historically, all the vines are overhead
pergola trained to keep the grapes high and dry in the
area’s sub-tropical conditions. Due to the local soil
and climate, the wine is characterized by an intense
dark ruby color. Almost black in the glass, it is viscous,
perfumed, sanguine and dry with penetrating acidity
and lip-smacking length. In Amiran made only
liters of this one wine, fermented on the skins
in Qvevri without added yeast and then aged for
months before being bottled unfiltered.
all the vines are overhead pergola
trained to keep the grapes high and dry
in the area’s sub-tropical conditions