Amiran

Proprietor: Amiran Vepkhvadze
Country Location: Georgia

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The appellation. Amiran Vepkhvadze’s vineyards are planted outside the village of Kldeeti, in the Zestaphoni region of Imereti in West Georgia. Imereti is one of the top wine regions of Georgia after Kakheti. It is also one of the most diverse regions in terms of grape varieties, climatic conditions, and soil composition.

Amiran and Ketino
Amiran and Ketino


The people. An attorney by trade, Amiran Vepkhvadze inherited a few hectares of Otskhanuri Sapere, a rare, indigenous varietal found only in Western Georgia. Today, this is the largest contiguous plot of the grape variety. For years he sold the grapes to a large local winery. What they would pay gradually decreased until Amiran decided to start making his own wine. Little by little, his production is increasing and he has new vineyards planted that will add to this growth.


Amiran Vepkhvadze in the vineyard
Amiran Vepkhvadze in the vineyard


In the vineyard. As was the case historically, all the vines are overhead pergola trained to keep the grapes high and dry in the area’s sub-tropical conditions. Due to the local soil and climate, the wine is characterized by an intense dark ruby color. Almost black in the glass, it is viscous, perfumed, sanguine and dry with penetrating acidity and lip-smacking length. In 2014 Amiran made only 800 liters of this one wine, fermented on the skins in Qvevri without added yeast and then aged for 9 months before being bottled unfiltered.

In the cellar
In the cellar

Amiran News:

Georgian Wines are Exciting!

Georgian Wines are Exciting!

More than 500 varieties of native grapes. A multi-millennia-old winemaking tradition in clay vessel or qvevri. In fact, Georgia have been making...
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Wines:

Amiran
Krakhuna

2015
Krakhuna, which means “crispy” in local Imeretian dialect, is a white gr... more >
$29.95  
Amiran
Krakhuna

2016
Krakhuna, which means “crispy” in local Imeretian dialect, is a white gr... more >
$29.95  
Amiran
Otskhanuri Sapere

2016
Otskhanuri Sapere is considered one of Georgia's oldest grape varieties and g... more >
$29.95  
Amiran
Tsitska

2016
Amiran farms small plots of this rare Imeretian varietal without chemical tre... more >
$28.95  
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