Celebrating Wine City – remember favourite wine glass

The selection of wines catered for all tastes, from sweet, semi-sweet to dry. Photo by N.Alavidze
Agenda.ge, Nov 03, 2014, Tbilisi, Georgia

The wine tents in Rike Park encouraged wine lovers who visited the country’s most colourful and spectacular two-day festival – Tbilisoba, the celebration of the diversity and history of the capital city Tbilisi – to sip the Georgian wine offerings produced from all winemaking regions of the country.

Sampling, sniffing and savouring Georgian wines in Tbilisi is not rare occasion but when revellers can try samples of the country’s top wineries, taste some of the hundreds of wines on offer, and get the chance to take some home to enjoy at a discounted price, then it’s well worth it to enjoy a fun day at Wine City.

The selection of wines catered for all tastes, from sweet, semi-sweet to dry offerings like Saperavi to Khvanchkara. 

 A girl dressed with traditional costumes holding Doki, an ancient Georgian jug used for to pour out the wine. Photo by N.Alavidze

Some of the labels on show were Mukuzani, Shumi, Kindzmarauli, Iberiuli, Kakhuri and Qvevri Wine. The ancient history of Georgian winemaking, including the Qvevri wine-making method, is the most cherished cultural treasure of Georgia and has recently joined the UNESCO heritage list. Brandy, as well as Chacha, a Georgian traditional spirit drink produced from the remains of the squeezed grapes, were also served at Wine City.

Swedish tourist Erika Schrahmel enjoyed tasting the Georgian wines.

"I have tried red dry wine Saperavi from Khareba winery and another one from the Imereti region […] I don’t remember the name but it had fruity aroma and a harmonious taste. Both were really good. I now have to decide which one to buy,” Schrahmel said.

Meanwhile, Davit Korakhashvili who represented Shato Telavi winery with a smile on his face, tirelessly talked to visitors about Georgian wine varieties presented by the company at the festival.

For people who loved to try traditional Georgian wine, Korakhashvili offered guests the chance to taste Kakhuri, a white dry wine with high tannin.

"Kakhuri is a very interesting wine. We have a secret recipe to make Kakhuri wine. It has a different taste and dark colour and could be served during a celebration. The label of the bottle is also distinguished as it is painted by Georgian artist Zurab Janiashvili,” he said.

Shato Telavi’s Sales Manager Davit Korakhashvili in the tent of Wine City in Rike Park. Photo by N.Alavidze 

Korakhashvili was surprised that there was a great demand to taste rose wine because it was not a traditional Georgian variety. "It is interesting that Georgians are also interested in rose wines, mostly women,” he said. 

Cocktails made from Chacha gained special appreciation from festival guests. It was even an innovative and new taste for Georgians.

The author of Chacha Cocktails, Giga Kasradze, proudly poured his creations into revellers’ glasses said these cocktails were not aimed at getting people drunk but to instead enjoy the taste.  The author of Chacha Cocktails, Giga Kasradze believed this festival was a great opportunity for Chacha Cocktails to show its product in a public space. Photo by N.Alavidze

"We offered three kinds of Chacha Cocktails. One of them is called 8000 Years Ago because the roots of Georgian viticulture have been traced back by archaeology to at least 6000-8000 BC,” Kasradze said.

"I will also reveal the main ingredients of 8000 Years Ago Chacha Cocktail which is made by Mukuzani, a dry red Georgian wine made from Saperavi grapes, Chacha, lemon juice and sugar syrup.”

The Wine Parade was one of the most enjoyable events of the festival. Georgian artists dressed with traditional costumes performed their way from Metekhi Bridge, one of the oldest bridges of Tbilisi, to Wine City, where the parade was greeted by special guests including the Mayor of Tbilisi Davit Narmania. The Wine Parade; Photo by N.Alavidze

  The Wine Parade; Photo by N.Alavidze

The event was organized by the Sommelier's Association of Georgia, the National Wine Agency and the mayor of Tbilisi. 

A busy two days of tastings ended in the Georgian Wine Competition Tbilisi 2014, where a competitive jury revealed the best wines in 16 categories. A group of journalists also revealed their favourite wine. 

Here is the list of best Georgian wines in 16 categories:

  • Best Tsinandali – Corporation Kindzmarauli and GWS Best Kakhuri White Wine – Teliani Valley, Glekhuri/Rkatsiteli
  • Best Saperavi – Kakhuri and Tbilvino
  • Best Premier Saperavi - Badagoni, Telavi Wine Cellar, Teleda, Mildiani.
  • Best Mukuzani – Shumi and Teliani Valley;
  • Best Kindzmarauli – Telavi Wine Cellar and Wineman;
  • Best Khvanchkara – Badagoni and Shukhman Wines Georgia;
  • Best Georgian Dry White Wine – Viniveria (Kisi wine) and Corporation Kindmarauli (Mtsvane);
  • Best Georgian Semi-Dry White Wine – Shalvino (Kardenakhi wine) and Askaneli Brothers – (Tvishi wine);
  • Best Georgian Semi-Dry Red Wine – Corporation Kindzmarauli (Kvareli wine) Tbilvino (Napareuli wine);
  • Best Premier Red Dry Wine – Shato Mukhrani (Shavkapito wine);
  • Best Red Semi-sweet Wine – Telavi Wine Cellar (Akhasheni wine);
  • Best Rose Wine – Kakhuri Traditional Winery (Saperavi rose) and Winery Kakhareba (Saperavi rose);
  • Best Natural Red Dry Wine – Lukasi (Saferavi) and Patriaant Cellar (Saperavi);
  • Best Usakhelauri – Winery Khareba
  • Best Natural Red Dry White Wine – Wine Iakob Chigladze/Georgia’s Traditional Wine Union/Chinebuli