• OWC Exclusive : Georgian wine history and its wine culture

    Georgia is the only country in the world where winemaking methods that were developed up to 8,000 years ago have not only never been abandoned but remain in many ways best practice.” – ANDREW JEFFORD, Wine writer, Financial Time.

    Georgian wine history

    For generations, Georgia has proudly claimed the title of the birthplace of wine. In 2015, scientists studying the residues (remains of grapes and grape seeds) contained in an ancient clay vessels dating back 8,000 years at an archeological dig in southeastern Georgia, dated these artifacts to 6000 BCE, which had established ancient Georgia as the first known location of grape winemaking.

    Georgians have made wine in egg-shaped clay vessels called qvevri continuously for 8,000 years. Using the traditional method, these vessels are buried underground to keep temperatures constant during fermentation and aging. In 2013, the United Nations added qvevri winemaking to the UNESCO list as “Humanity’s Intangible Cultural Heritage”.

    Georgia wine regions and its wine culture

    The Georgian wine map is sprawling and complex, where few areas of this ancient country have remained untouched by viticulture. From Kakheti in the south-east to Apkhazeti atop the Black Sea coast, there is great diversity of climate, topography and geology. Among the best-known Georgian wine regions, Kakheti is the best place to get acquainted with this ancient tradition, thanks to its welcoming wineries, 1,500-year-old monasteries and man-made cave cities.

    Despite being the oldest wine region in the world, Georgian wines have only come onto the world wine map recently due to the growing interest in natural wines. Even when many would think the culture of France or Italy is so wine-centric, Georgians has taken it to a whole different level as it is such an integral part of their culture and everyday life, which has always been a home endeavor, infused with history, religion and mythology.

    To taste wine at its source, you need to visit Georgia, the tiny Caucasian nation that’s been making wine longer than anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, we are unable to do so now due to the current COVID-19 situaion, but fear not, OWC has collaborated with several boutique Georgian vineyards and obtained the exclusive rights to export and sell wines into Singapore and selected Asian countries. Look out for these unqiue Georgian wines via OWC eShop.

    Wholesales of Georgian wines is also welcome too.

  • OWC Exclusive: Georgian wines

    It is with great pleasure to announce that OWC has collaborated with several boutique Georgian vineyards and obtained the exclusive rights to export and sell wines into Singapore and selected Asian countries.

    Wholesales of Georgian wines is also welcome too.

    Where is Georgia?

    Georgia is a country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia and cross road to the black sea Silk road. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan.

    The capital and largest city is Tbilisi. Georgia covers a territory of 69,700 square kilometres (26,911 sq mi), and its 2016 population is about 3.72 million. Georgia is a unitary, semi-presidential republic, with the government elected through a representative democracy.

    What so special about Georgian wines?

    Georgia is one of the oldest wine regions in the world. The fertile valleys of the South Caucasus house the source of the world’s first cultivated grapevines and neolithic wine production, dated back to over 8,000 years ago. .

    Traditional Georgian grape varieties are little known to the world. Now that the wines of Eastern and Central Europe are coming to international awareness, grapes from this region are becoming better known. Although there are nearly 400 to choose from, only 38 varieties are officially grown for commercial viticulture in Georgia. More and more rare variety grapes are being rediscovered after the post break away from the former Soviet Union.

    Ancient Georgian Qvevri wine-making method

    The Georgian Wine processing, Qvevri wine-making method now comes under the UNESCO heritage listing in 2013, is practised throughout Georgia. The Qvevri is an egg-shaped earthenware vessel used for making, ageing and storing the wine. The wine-making process involves pressing the grapes and then pouring the juice, grape skins, stalks and pips into the Qvevri, which is sealed and buried in the ground so that the wine can ferment for five to six months before consuming.

    How does Qvevri wines taste?

    The flavor of Georgian qvevri wine depends on a variety of factors including grape varieties and the length of fermentation. Owing to skin-contact fermentation, qvevri wines made using white grapes are of a dazzling orange in color while red grapes are intensely colored, inky wines. Qvevri wines are intensely aromatic, displaying an intriguing mix of fruit and savory characteristics. Among these are oxidative notes, which are developed thanks to the vessel’s porosity.

    With all these narratives on Georgian wines, we bet you are eager to try a few now. OWC is proud to bring in wines from 4 different boutique Georgian vineyards, with plenty of selections to choose from in our eShop. Have a try and let us know your feedback on these wines. Happy shopping!