Gabriels Wine Rkatsiteli Kvevri
Gabriel is an Orthodox Christian monk who lived in the 6th century monastery Shio-Mgvime for twenty-seven years. There, he tended crops and learned to make wine and cheese while becoming a blacksmith. He then returned to his childhood home and began making traditional, natural wine with the help of friends. This wine is completely handmade, using an ancient method in which fermentation and aging is done in buried clay vessels called Qvevri. Unfiltered. Only 177 cases produced.
A Qvevri (pitcher) is a large clay amphora-like vessel, that is traditionally buried in the ground up to its neck, and in which wine is fermented and stored. During the fermentation process, which occurs naturally without the addition of nutrients, the Qvevri is sealed with a ceramic lid and then buried in soil. The wine is left to mature for up to six months before the Qvevri is opened and the unfiltered but clear wine is ready to be bottled. The Georgia’s traditional Qvevri winemaking method is listed in the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list.