Makashvili Wine Cellar

The traditional Qvevri winemaking method is up 8000 years old and is still in use; in 2013 it was awarded thesis about american dream the status of intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, which proves the uniqueness of this method and its special role for the Georgian culture.

Vaziani Winery is a dignified representative of the mentioned rich cultural and historical experience. Makashvili Wine Cellar, owned by Vaziani, has its origins in the Makashvili estate thesis about american dream of the second part of XV century. There are more than 120 years old Qvevri vessels in Cellar which were found underground of Vaziani Winery while winery reconstruc­tion in 2012 year. From arround 200 found Qvevri vessels only 39 of them could be safe from damages. The wines are preciesly made in accordance of traditional Qvevri winemaking method in century-old Qvevri vessels and produced in limited quantities. The company owners are the inheritors of the unique, Makashvili Qvevri winemaking method, which has already established its place on the world market; this has been confirmed by the most prestigious medals at international exhibitions in recent years.

Qvevri is a traditional Georgian vessel used for boiling, drying, and storage. A Qvevri, which is buried in the ground, ensures optimum temperature for wine fermentation. The chemical processes that require specialized machinery and additives in factory production, happen naturally and chronologically. Before the start of wine brewing, it is necessary to mix it frequently, 4-5 times a day. After brewing, grape pips, chacha, and pulp sink to the bottom. Under the pressure, the pips of the wine are covered with sediment and as a result, separated from the wine. The described method is called “Kakhuri”, after the name of the region in eastern Georgia, where it has been used since the ancient times. This region, up to this day, remains the center of Georgian winemaking. Alazani valley is the most famous winemaking area in the Kakheti region. The unique geography and the best soil create ideal conditions for cultivating grapes.