Continuing to move east along this southern stretch of the country, through the Meskheti range, we come to Kartli, a region that finds itself in an odd state of topographical temperance – you know, not too hot, not too cold. Located within elevated river basins, the Kartli wine region’s capital is the nation’s: Tbilisi. Kartli’s viticultural history has, in recent centuries, inevitably incorporated some European influence – it is here that the larger international market once touched the Georgian winemaking tradition and (thankfully) has had otherwise little presence in the Georgian wine scene today. In this way, there are some European varieties grown here, and there is also the outlier of a sparkling winemaking method. Our producer from this region has brilliantly incorporated the totality of this history. Ori Marani translates to “2 wineries” and, following this, embraces the Georgian and European strains inherent to the project (it’s a husband-wife team of Georgian/French nationality!), growing Georgian varieties and fermenting in Qvevri before aging in neutral French oak.
A pet nat of 40% Qvevri, 30% Goruli Mstvane, 30% Chinuri. Wild yeasts, no fining, no filtration.