Country Location: Georgia
Iago Bitarishvili is the first winemaker in Georgia to own certified organic vineyards.
This boutique winery was founded in 2003 by winemaker Iago Bitarishvili. Iago organically farms two hectares of vines which yield roughly only 2,500 bottles per year. All the wine is fermented and aged in qvevri (Georgian amphora).
Using Chinuri, a variety indigenous to the Kartli region in central Georgia, Iago crushes the grapes in a large hollowed-out log, and pours the must, skins and all, directly into 300-year-old qvevri, where it stays for about six months.