Georgian Wines: Some Interesting Facts for Wine Lovers
It is difficult to imagine Georgia and Georgian feast without wines or with the lack of it. Georgian wine is well-loved souvenir that you usually take from your Georgian vacation. Its unique taste and aroma help to feel local colors, character and traditions. You can also learn a lot of surprising facts about wine to become the true wine drinker or, so-called, wine lover.
Interesting Facts of Georgian Wines:
- Red or pink wines are mostly European technologies. The true Georgian wines are black and white colors. The black color wine contains tannins and ferments, boosting your blood pressure up. Thus, natives usually drink no more than a couple of glasses of black wine in a month;
- Georgian winelovers prefer white wine to red. It is light and easy for drinking. Europeans do exactly in the opposite way. Red wine is good for your body, preventing atherosclerosis, producing antithrombotic effect;
- A good many of people think that the wine color is derived from the color of grapes that the drinks are usually made of. This hypothesis is false. Grape juice is colorless. The heart of the matter is in grape skins! Thus, it is absolutely possible to create white wine using black colored grapes by removing skin first;
- According to technologies of wine production, Georgians use ceramic qvervis to make the drink of high quality. The wine labels say: qvervi and comes with a higher price due to the technology used. But the wines made with modern equipment in metal containers really have a different level of wine quality and taste. They come cheaper;
- This colorful country is free from the false etiquette: red for meat and white for fish. Traditionally, the best-selling drinks make relative couples. Thus, white vintage wine Tsinandali is attractive for fish and poultry. Red vintage wine Mukuzani is good for spicy meat and cheese. Red semi-sweet Akhasheni is recommended for desserts and blue cheese;
- The world export markets of Georgian wines were recently surprised by Kindzmarauli. More than 7 417 333 bottles of wine were exported in 2016. The second and third leading positions were taken by Mukuzani – 2 568 547 bottles for export and Tsinandali – 2 023 915 bottles;
- Very valuable and legendary wine is Usaxelaouri, made of the unique sort of grapes of the same name. This grape is old and respected. It is cultivated in Tsagerski region in in limited quantities. The wine boasts its piquant velvety taste and tones of sweet juicy strawberry;
- Saperavi is vintage wine that is aged for years – the longer the better. The perfect age of Saperavi is 10-12 years old;
- Kisi is considered to be rare antique sort of grapes. It has almost disappeared. There is a theory that Kisi is a hybrid of Rquatseteli and Mcvane. All native Georgians delightfully dream to build a house with big vinery and cultivate Kisi. In short, Kisi is not an easy sort for cultivating and making wine of it;
- How do you keep an uncorked wine bottle? It is very depending on wine characteristics. As soon as you have uncorked a bottle, the drink starts reacting with oxygen. Now, the storable life of this drink is mainly depended on its natural age. The new red wine that is 5 years old or younger is easy to store. Speaking about storing of vintage old wines, they are delicate and easy to spoilage. Actually, it takes about one or two hours to make elite drink to lose its glorious taste.
Georgia is a cradle of varieties of grapes and wines. Wine is realized everywhere in Georgia – wine houses, wine shops, city markets, degustation houses, gas stations. You get bottled wine and wine by the glass; full body wine and light delicate drink. Welcome to Georgia to taste, feel, gain experience and make your conclusions.