A warm welcome to the following new members this month: Mandili, Iago, Alaverdi Monastery and Zurab Topuridze. These unique and rare wines are under our new category Georgia.
So what's so unique about them, except for their eye-catching label designs? Well, they are organic and biodynamic wines with very limited production. If you're tired of sour, high-tannin and rough Georgian wines (in nicely crafted bottles), then you should keep your eyes on these instead.
Mandili by winemaker Marina Kurtanidze (The first female wine-maker in Georgia) and her husband Iago Bitarishvili (known as the Chinuri Master) are currently leading the organic wine market in Georgia.
Mandili is made in Georgian tradition method, from the local grape species Mtsvane, by using ancient procedures to distinguish itself from other wines in the world. The wine was pressed and fermented in "Qvevri" (Amphora). Only 1000 bottles produced a year. She makes wine from Manavi Mtsvane which is unique with its aroma. “Mandili” is completely exported abroad. Export countries are Italy, US, Ukraine, Franc Poland, and now Hong Kong (available at our wine shop:www.evercohol.com)
Iago Bitarishvili, on the other hand, is the first winemaker in Georgia to own certified organic vineyards. This boutique winery was founded in 2003 by winemaker Iago Bitarishvili. Iago organically farms two hectares of vines which yield roughly only 2,500 bottles per year. All the wine is fermented and aged in qvevri (Georgian amphora). Iago Bitarishvili’s Chinuri has been called “the apogee of the hipster wine drinking experience in the Top 10 Hipster Wines at the Ritz, article by the Drinks Business publication. The iconic London Ritz Hotel has recently updated its Le Livre de Vin, or wine list, which for the first time includes a Georgian Orange Wine, the 2013 Iago Bitarishvili Chardakhi Chinuri. (Source: Georgia Today)