Alaverdi Monastery – Saperavi 2011

by  |  23-06-2017

There are few winery slogans that can match that of the Alaverdi Monastery in Kakheti, Georgia. To state, “Since 1011” on the label leaves little up for debate that these monks have been making wine for a very, very long time. In fact, it’s most definitely the case that they were making it before the 11th century as old, winemaking ruins have been unearthed on their premises that date back to the 8th century CE. So when researching the new Georgian wine book, I had an appointment set up with Father Gerasim and it was the only appointment that I had that morning as you simply can’t dig into such a wealth of history in such a short time. I had actually intended to visit the monastery on an earlier trip, but it was impossible as when one visits for the wine, one visits for the time needed. But all […]
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