Amiran Vepkhvadze’s vineyards are planted outside the village of Kldeeti, in the Zestaphoni region of Imereti in West Georgia. Imereti is one of the top wine regions of Georgia after Kakheti. It is also one of the most diverse regions in terms of grape varieties, climatic conditions, and soil composition. Otskhanuri Sapere is considered one of Georgia's oldest grape varieties and grows mostly in the Racha-Lechkhumi and Imereti wine districts in Western Georgia. Its name is related to the village of Otskhana. It means “Otskhana’s colorful.” Otskhanuri Sapere wines have an intense ruby color and firmly structured and tannic, with high acidity. The wines age well, peaking after 10-15 years, but can be cellared for an additional 20-30 years. Today, Amiran's plot is the largest contiguous planting of the grape variety. In 2014, Amiran made only 800 liters of this one wine, fermented on the skins in Qvevri without added yeast and then aged for 9 months before being bottled unfiltered. Try with roasted or grilled lamb marinated in a bit of the wine.
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