10 to 25 years
Vartsikhe Marani is our artisan winery located in the Imereti region of western Georgia near the Black Sea. Vartsikhe Marani was founded in Baghdati district which is famous for its climate, soils and local Imeretian varieties which are perfect for low alcohol, high quality wines. We are focused on using ancient local varieties to make natural wines according to local traditions. We have planted varieties such as Aladasturi, Tsolikouri, Krakhuna, Saperavi, and others. Our winemaker is Kakha Tchotiashvili who is highly regarded and surely among the top winemakers in Georgia. Kakha also his family marani in Kakheti, the eastern part of Georgia where he makes Kakhetian style wines.
Vartsikhe wines are made in small quantities and without any additives or chemicals in the vineyards or winemaking. They are literally hand made from start to finish, with each bottle inspected and numbered by winemaker. All are made in Kvevri; buried clay earthenware amphorae and all are fermented with wild yeast and bottled unfiltered. Some are fermented with skins and have a light amber color, others are left briefly on skins and look like ordinary white wine.
The lightly pressed juice is fermented with the skins, with wild yeast and free from any additives. After fermentation is finished, the Kvevri are sealed and covered with soil until Spring time. During the process, the solids in the wine slowly drop to the bottom of the kvevri and the clear wine rises to the top. When temperatures drop out doors the fermentation is completely stopped, and the wine is transferred to new kvevri and left to age for more months. In the spring, the kvevri is opened and wine is drunk during big celebrations called Supras while leftover is bottled. Vartsikhe Marani is very proud to continue the long tradition of Georgian wine making and they’re pleased to offer you pure, natural wines.