Founded by American John Wurdeman and Georgian Gela Patalishvilli in 2006, the estate has become a champion for native varieties and Georgian culture. Located in the historical winemaking region of Kakheti, the estate tends to over 400 varieties of indigenous plants, many at the brink of extinction.
Philosophy: “Born out of a love of authentic tradition, and culture and endless creativity. It is more than a winery, it’s about songs, cuisine, art, heritage, tangible and intangible. For wine is born out of a confluence of the spirit of a place, its geology, its history, and the emotions of the vintner himself.”
Winemaking: Organic viticulture, wild yeast spontaneous fermentation in traditional Qvevri, unfined, unfiltered, no added SO2.
Tasting Notes: Robust blueberry, blackberry, plum, charred fennel, forest floor framed by grippy tannins and bright acidity. Red currant, blackberry, bramble, baking spice, hint of mint saturate the plush finish. Unctuous, plump.
$20 [average price]