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georgia

amiran

imereti

 

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

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