About the wine
Chkhaveri, an ancient clone originating from the Imereti region, exhibits a graceful profile with notes of luscious purple fruits and hints of forest flavors. This wine undergoes a unique process, spending three weeks on the skins followed by one month in qvevri, resulting in a rich and structured yet refreshingly vibrant medium-bodied composition.
Situated at high elevations near the Khanistskali River in the mountains, this winery has a rich history dating back to Gaioz's father's establishment just before the Communist Revolution in Russia. Following the Soviet Union's dissolution, Gaioz transformed the winery into a symbol of natural and traditional Imeretian winemaking. Today, his sons have joined the operation, and they diligently cultivate four hectares of vines using biodynamic practices.
Staying true to tradition, every step of the winemaking process occurs outdoors, with manual presses positioned adjacent to the buried qvevri, embracing the essence of authenticity and craftsmanship.
The Producer: Gaioz Sopromadze
In 2006, Gaioz, the father, was among the pioneers who embarked on professional winemaking in Imereti. Today, Gaioz and his two sons produce a portfolio of nine distinct wines following the traditional Imeretian approach, characterized by minimal skin contact and the addition of only a portion (typically one-third or less) of the grape pulp. Their aim is to expand recognition for terroir-driven wines originating from Western Georgia.
For the Sopromadze family, integrity in winemaking, vineyard care, and environmental conservation is paramount. All their wines undergo wild fermentation and contain minimal sulfites, with a strict commitment to avoiding chemical additives both in the cellar and the vineyard.
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The Region: Imereti, Georgia
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