Website: Orgo Winery
Country Location: Georgia
Temuri's wines embodies energy from the sun, soil, minerals and the positive emotions of family traditions
The people. Orgo is a small family-owned winery focusing on producing high quality wines made in qvevri. Running the winery is young Temuri Dakishvili, the Dakishvili family's fourth generation winemaker and a rising star in Georgian winemaking.
Giorgi and Temuri Dakishvili
Following his father's footsteps — Temuri’s father, Giorgi, was chief winemaker at Teliani Valley and is now winemaker and Managing Director at the nearby Schuchmann/Vinoterra winery — he studied winemaking at the University of Heilbronn in Germany and is now dedicated to the art of qvevri winemaking.
The winery is located near the town of Telavi in eastern Georgia. It produces a very limited quantity of wines fermented in qvevris or oak barrels without additives and filtration, a traditional Georgian winemaking style going back 8000 years that produces wines with uniquely distinctive flavors. Temuri uses native grapes including Rkatsiteli, Kisi, Mtsvane and Saperavi, that are sourced from the 2.5 hectares stony and well-drained Vita Vinea vineyard that he owns with his brother Daviti.
In the vineyard. Kakheti is characterized by well draining soils: a mixture of sand, clay, and limestone. This is the eastern part of Georgia which has a moderate, continental climate. The grapes are hand harvested from a select site. The vines range in age from 60-80 years.
In the cellar. Indigenous yeasts are used with no fining or filtering. Maceration with skin, seeds, and stems lasts for 14-18 days in clay qvevri. The heavy sediment and skins are removed while the wine continues to mature in the qvevri for another 6 months. No oak is used.
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It should be noted that the wines Temuri produces go by several names: Orgo, Vita Vinea, and Teleda. You will notice that they are used interchangeably on their website and in articles.