A brief history
Askaneli Brothers winery, one the biggest in Georgia, was established in 1998 in Tbilsi by Gocha Chkhaidze and his family. It has its roots in the village of Askana, in the region of Guria, where the original qvevri winery, built by their ancestor, Antimoz Chkhaidze and dating back to 1880, still stands. Askaneli owns hundreds of hectars of vineyards and two wineries in Kakheti and Tbilisi and a distillery in Guria. Winemaker, Giorgi Tchumburidze, makes 9.5 million bottles of amber, orange, dry and sweet red, dry and sweet white, dry and sweet rosé and sparkling wines in qvevri and “classical” steel tanks, using Saperavi, Rkatsiteli, Kakhuri Mtsvane, Chkhaveri, Alexandrouli, Mujuretuli, Tsolikouri, Khikhvi, Kisi and Muscat varieties. The winery’s brands, which make over 60 labels, include Askaneli, Dora, Orveli, Darejani, Pavo, Artwine and Galavani. Askaneli also makes brandy and chacha.