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Vazisubani Estate – Saperavi Qvevri


“Georgia has one of the world’s oldest and most vibrant wine cultures. She can and frequently does lay claim to being the birthplace of viticulture and attributes the longevity of many Georgians to their enthusiastic wine consumption.” – Jancis Robinson

Acknowledged as the world’s first wine producing region, Georgia has been making wine for 8,000 years from some 525 different grape varieties. The most popular variety for red wine production is Saperavi. Translated literally as “something to color with”, Saperavi is one of a few teinturier varieties (grapes with red skin and red flesh). The original “natural wines”, traditional Georgian wines are made in giant clay pots known as “Qvevri”, which are buried underground. It is a winemaking tradition that has survived through the centuries.

Vazisubani Estate was established at the end of the 19th century by a young aristocrat, Tavadi Sulkhan Chavchavadze. During his time, the estate grew to 20 hectares of vineyards. Following a period when the estate was controlled by the Russian state, the winery was purchased in 2011 by Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze. Fully restored, the estate today has 35 hectares of vineyards. The 2017 Vazisubani Estate Saperavi Qveri is made from 100% Saperavi that was fermented and aged in Qveri for 6 months, and is bottled unfiltered. The resulting wine is inky in colour with generous aromas of dark cherry and pomegranate. The lush palate has silky tannins and a dark core of red fruit. It is a moutfilling and generously flavoured wine. Given the buzz around Georgian wines these days, and the lack of their availability in Alberta, we are very pleased to have this wine on the shelf.

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