Baia’s Wine Tsolikouri Qvevri

$29.00

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Vintage: 2020
Region: Obcha, Imereti, Georgia
Viticulture: Organic
Grape variety: 100% Tsolikouri

Baia’s Wine Tsolikouri Qvevri shows aromas of honey, citrus, and a touch of cider notes followed by a refreshing and crisp wine.

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About Baia’s Wine Tsolikouri Qvevri

Baia’s Wine Tsolikouri Qvevri shows aromas of honey, citrus, and a touch of cider notes followed by a refreshing and crisp wine that finishes with just slight tannin and great minerality. A great introduction to a skin contact style.

About Baia’s Wine

Baia Abuladze is a young woman, who together with her sister Gvanca Abuladze and their family in Obcha, Imereti in the west of Georgia, are bringing new life and energy to a region with a storied history but whose winemaking traditions had suffered greatly during communist times.

Baia began studying viticulture and winemaking studying from her grandfather as a little girl. Starting in 2015 Baia, who was then 22 years old decided to take bring new life to the 1.5 Hectare estate and family wine cellar. With the help of some woman winemaker-specific grants, she procured the necessary tools to bottle their first vintage in 2015 comprising of 5,000 bottles. Over the years Baia and Gvanca have been making unique woman-made wines with the purpose of preserving and being a part of the 8,000 Georgian wine tradition.

About the Winemaking

Baia’s and Gvanca’s wines all center around indigenous grapes varieties to Imereti. The western part of Georgia, which is closer to the black sea, is more humid than the east thanks to a mountain range, which traps all the humid sea air. Over 8,000 years grapes have been adapting in Georgia and the western varieties tend to be higher in acid due to the unique climate. For white grapes, Baia has three planted in her family vineyards: Tsitska, Tsolikouri, and Krakhuna. All three of these grapes produce higher acid more mineral-driven wines. Baia is producing both in the traditional method in qvevri, large earthen clay jars buried under the ground, and in stainless steel cisterns. Most of the wines are produced with some amount of skin contact.

For red wines, Gvanca uses three grape varieties planted in their vineyards: Otskhanuri Sapere, Ojaleshi, and Aladasturi. All three are very different but also have high acid content. Otskhanuri Sapere produces a dark inky wine whereas Ojaleshi is lighter with smokey characteristics and Aladasturi is the lightest of all. Gvanca is also producing mostly in qvevri but some in stainless steel as well.

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