The story of our company begins in early sixties of the twentieth century, namely in 1962, when one of the most powerful wine factories in the Soviet Union was launched. That was the year Tbilisi held its 10th International Congress of Winegrowers. For years the factory remained an essential part of the Soviet winemaking industry (nine of ten bottles of wine sold inside the country and abroad were made in this factory). In the early 1990s it emerged as an independent wine company with new philosophy and approaches that still is undergoing substantial development both in its infrastructure and in the growing sophistication of its wines.
We believe that we should be responsible for every bottle of wine made in our company. Consequently, we track closely the whole process of winemaking, from the vineyards to the consumer. Our aim is to create sophisticated wines that make difference. As one of the pioneers of the new Georgian winemaking history, our ambition is to produce top quality, even in these challenging times. We are convinced that our wines must be the carriers of the new winemaking philosophy that will take Georgian winemaking traditions further, thus establishing and strengthening the image of a country with thousands of years of winemaking tradition.
Our First Harvest
1999 was the year of our first harvest. In that year we went to the renowned wine region of Kakheti with our ambition of reviving Georgian wine-making. Our vision was to create wines based on our then radical new philosophy - that grapes were as essential as wine material. We wanted to strengthen Tbilvino by investing our funds and energy in every aspect and stage of the winemaking process. We emerged with a new face and new brands that hit the Georgian market in the following year.
The company is headed by the Margvelashvili brothers. Zura Margvelashvili is a winemaker who participates in every aspect of Vinification, leading the group of experienced experts. Zura is a Georgia’s agrarian university graduate and a former student in California’s WENTE-Vineyard. His brother Giorgi is an economist, a graduate of the Maastricht management school.
Jeff Aston, our Australian chief winemaker started his career at Charles Start’s wine cellar and later moved to the Clonakilla winery under the tutelage of Tim Kirk. In 2004, he became a winemaker at Lerida. Started from 2005, Jeff creates the Tbilvino wines that are highly praised at various international competitions.
The main grapes used in the production of Tbilvino wines are Rkatsiteli, Saperavi and Alexandrouli.
Rkatsiteli, a white-grape variety, is grown mainly in the Kakheti region but it is also present in other regions of Georgia and elsewhere. In Kakheti, it reaches full ripening from mid-September and up to the beginning of October. For the production of top quality wines its yield per hectare should not exceed seven or eight tonnes. In Georgia, Rkatsiteli is used for making both classic (European) and typical Kakhetian, amphora (Kvevri) fermented Vins de Table, Vins de Pays and AOC’s. Rkatsiteli wine is often blended with Kakhetian Mtsvane. Rkatsiteli also produces a large range of white wines, from fortified to ice-wines. Principal micro-zones include Kardenakhi, Tibaani, Tsinandali, Gurjaani, Napareuli. We make a number of wines from the Rkatsiteli grape - among them are white Rkatsiteli, Tsinandali, Gurjaani, Vazisubani, Sachino, Alaznis Veli, and Tbilisi. Rkatsiteli is also used in red Alazani Veli, Sachino, Tbilisi, and Pirosmani.
This is a Georgian red grape variety grown in Kakheti and other regions of Georgia, and it can also be found outside Georgia. Saperavi reaches full ripening started from the second half of September, with the harvest-time lasting up to the end of October. Saperavi’s average yield per hectare amounts to 8-10 tons. Wines produced from Saperavi (Vins de Tables as well as AOC’s) are suitable for extended aging and it is also used for producing naturally sweet wines and rosé. Principal micro-zones: Mukuzani, Akhasheni, Khashmi, Kindzmarauli, Napareuli, Khvareli, Kondoli. The Saperavi grape sort is used extensively by Tbilvino for such brands as Saperavi, Mukuzani, Napareuli, Kindzmarauli, Akhasheni, Alazani Valley, Sachino, Pirosmani and Tbilisi, plus the premium Saperavi and Mukuzani Special Reserves.
A red grape variety mainly grown in the Racha region. Like all varieties in Racha it is a late ripener and reaches full maturity by late October. Its average productivity per-hectare amounts to 5-6 tons. Blended with the Mujuretuli grape variety wine material in Racha’s Khvanchkhara micro-zone, it contributes to naturally semi-sweet Khvanchkhara. We use Aleksandrouli only for making of premium Khvanchkara brand.
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