Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking
A brief history
Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking is one of Georgia’s biggest wine and spirit producers. It was established in Tiblisi in 2001 by Zurab Chkhaidze, and, after recently planting 600 ha of vines, now owns a total of 1,500 ha throughout Georgia, making amber, dry and sweet red; dry and sweet white, rosé and sparkling wines, as well as Georgian brandy and the traditional eau de vie of Chacha. GTW mostly uses Saperavi, Rkatsiteli and Tsolikauri varieties. The wines are sold under the Iveria, Tabla, Special Collection, Galaktioni, Old Kakheti and Guramishvili’s Marani labels. KTW owns four wineries and distilleries across Georgia, two in the Kakheti winemaking heartland with a capacity of 15 million litres and two in Guria and Adjaria in the West of Georgia, where KTW wants to revive the rare grape varieties found in that region, as well as pursue wine tourism activities.The winery exports to 20 countries including the UK, Norway, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Israel, Russia, former Soviet Republics, the USA, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan.“Our wine follows the same process Georgians developed more than 8,000 years ago, and that which expresses our national identity through our unique Georgian grape varieties,” says Zurab.