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Iago s Wine

Iago is a winery owner and winemaker from a small village Chardakhi in Kartli region. He is passionate about producing Georgian traditional quality wines using qvevri (clay vessels burred underground).

Iago s Wine is a pleasant, small boutique, family winery, producing Chacha and hand-made red and white wines using grapes from Iago’s organic vineyards.

Iago annually produces 2,500 bottles. He was the first winery in Georgia to receive a bio-certificate for the vineyard and winemaking. Some of his clay vessels are 300 years old. He follows tradition of family winemakers generation.
Two hectares of certified organic vineyards is planted with Chinuri grapes.

Iago s winemaking practices in using natural yeast. Fermentation takes two to three weeks. During fermentation the wine cap is punched down three or four times a day. Iago demonstrated how he punches cap down, using a worn tree branch that forms on the top of a qvevri.
After fermentation the wine is racked to another qvevri with a pump. The top of the qvevri i is sealed with clay. The wines are aged for several months.

When asked when and why he started making wine, Iago commented, that he never started doing it, he continued the old tradition of grandparents and parents.

Qvevri Marani
Iago s qvevri is housed in a separate brick lined building- marani. He has diagrams to show visitors the process of making qvevri wines. Iago demonstrated how a dried gourd attached to a long wood handle is used to taste the wine from a qvevri. He cleans qvevri with a brush and a tool with white cherry bark on the end, used for scrubbing the sides of a qvevri.

After viewing the qvevri, visitors relax outside his home on a small patio and enjoy tasting Iago s wines with Georgian cuisine.

Iago s Wine Chinuri is made in qvevri. The wine looks dark gold with a floral aroma and floral taste. The finish offeres mild tannins and floral nuances. Kisi 2011, also made in qvevri, has floral notes and tannins.

Iago s Chacha, made from Chinuri grapes, is clear with notes of alcohol. The Chacha is smooth with heat on the finish and leaves aftertaste of dried fruit.

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