Tasting Georgian wines for the first time will most likely turn all your pre-existing knowledge and experience about wines upside down. The products of this country with an 8000 year – old viticulture will resemble nothing you ever tasted before. The deep amber and purple coloured, seemingly endless variety of mind-boggigly complex and flavour-rich wines, that ferment spontaneously in the ground in amfora-shaped clay vessels ( qvevri-s) will, if you let them, lead you to a mistical-mythical realm, where being shaken to your core by ancient, inexplicably familiar flavours is a high probability.
Kisi is usually the favourite amongst the white varieties of Georgia, and not only thanks to its name, pronounced “kissy” … 🙂 Ruispiri’s 2019 vintage shows the well recognisable style of the winery. It is a full bodied, deep amber coloured, outstandingly stabile and neat natural wine, with quite a lot of tannins, not necessary characteristic of this variety, more probably of the vintage’s .
From the clay for the qvevris to wine – the Georgian story beautifully told in 8 minutes: https://fb.watch/8uZ7-FgmUJ/
Watch UNESCO’s short film about how qvevris are mad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN5ziogyxP0