Updated: Mar 22, 2019
If we were to tell you that Maranuli Winery was located in the oldest wine-producing country in the world, where would you say it was? France? Nope. Germany? Try again. Georgia? You’ve just Googled that haven’t you! Yes, Georgia! Want to know more? Of course you do.
Some years ago, archeologists found the oldest evidence of wine-making in that part of the world, one that dated back to around 7 BC. The unearthing of grape seeds in old jugs and the remains of primitive ‘squeezing’ equipment were the germination of the wine industry in what we now call Georgia.
Whilst they don’t date back quite as far as those ancient discoveries, the Maranuli Winery has embraced its historic vinicultural heritage that’s now running through its vineyards, and today, produces some of the best wine in the world.
Maranuli are the first in history to win a platinum medal at DWWA
Maranuli was founded by Giorgi Kiladze in 2012 and is based in both the Kakheti and Racha regions of eastern and western Georgia respectively. Maranuli may be a relatively new producer, but they have wasted no time in making their presence felt in Georgia’s burgeoning wine industry and beyond. In fact, since their inception, they have spent over $5 million (US) on the development of its own 100 hectares of vineyards and winemaking facilities to make sure they have a solid foundation on which to grow, although they haven’t forgotten their roots. They utilise a successful mixture of cutting edge technologies and ancient wine-making practices to bring together everything great about Georgian wine. They currently make over 50 different wines that are sold all over the world. These efforts have not gone unnoticed. Maranuli were the first in Georgian history to have won the first platinum medal at the Decanter Awards in London, UK in 2017 with their Kisi Amber Wine.
Maranuli’s wine combines the best grapes which are both indigenous to Georgia and many other more well known European varieties. They grow grapes such as Saperavi, Otskhanuri Sapere and Tsitska, which are native to the Caucasus, but they also have more common varieties on hand. Grapes like the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot blend perfectly with their Eastern European cousins, but it’s their selective harvesting that really puts them at the forefront of wine-making in Georgia.
Naturally they adhere to international standards, but the way they continually combine traditional Georgian techniques, coupled with modern, cutting edge processes that lift their wine to the next level. Of course, the climate in Georgia and the quality of the grapes play their part too in harmonising distinctive flavours across their award-winning range; from dry and semi-sweet reds and whites through to more traditionally produced, Qvevri-aged amber wines. All of which are now gracing dinner tables the world over.
The wines produced by Maranuli all epitomise why we at The Vino Market love wine from this vineyard. They are incredibly high quality, but are not without their own unique personality, which all good wines should. The team there are driven by a passion to produce the best wine possible and a determination to show the world how good Georgian wine is, just like we are. This is demonstrated by just how far their wine has come since those seeds were unearthed all those years ago. Best yet, you can find out for yourself by ordering some of their amazing wine right here on our site. Don’t waste any more time in finding out for yourself.