Chekura's story began in 1911
Chekura - owner and winemaker Otar Chekurishvili. Friends used to call him Chekura and that's the name he chose for his wine cellar, when he decided to bottle his wine and share it to those who appreciate high quality artisanal wines.
As Otar remembers, his family owned a little vineyard close to their house and was making wine with traditional Kakhetian method, in Qvevri. The oldest qvevri in his cellar was made in 1911. Otar and his father are prolonging their families traditions and producing wonderful, aromatic, high quality wine in the same qvevri as their forefathers. Main variety in Chekura's vineyards in Rkatsiteli, often called "The King of Georgian white's " .
Chekura's production volume is quite small - 700 bottles per year.
Village Vines is grateful for the opportunity to bring small part of this amazing wine to the US and let American wine lovers treat themselves with it.
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Our history dates back to the 19th century when our ancestors were settled in the village Shashiani in Kakheti and built a house with a wine cellar. Family members quickly adapted to the local winemaking techniques and became well-known winemakers in these areas.
It was Alex, one of our ancestors, who first produced a commercial wine into our family. Through the years he was exporting the wines in barrels to the Russian Empire. Since then, winemaking is a glorious profession of a Chekurishvili family.
Sadly, Georgia being part of the USSR didn't allow our ancestors to own a private business or a significant amount of vineyards and it was how our commercial wine production was paused. It was in 2018 when we decided to commercialize the wine production again, renovated the wine cellar, and kickstarted the winery, again...
Our winery name, Chekura, is originated from our surname - Chekurishvili.
Abraham - Late-founder of the house Chekurishvili, who initially built a house with a wine cellar.
Jacob - Priest, who was making sacramental wine for the church.
Gio - Pheasant, who begin building vineyards on a large scale.
Alex - Winemaker, who commercialized winemaking into our family and exported wine in the Russian Empire.
Otar I - Professional winemaker, head of several large commercial wineries in the Kakheti region during Soviet rule.
Gia - Professional winemaker and Dr. of alcoholic beverage production, head of several large-scale commercial productions.
Otar II - an Aspiring winemaker, renovated the wine cellar and began all over again.
Chekura's vineyard is located in village Shashiani, Gurjaani (Kakheti region, Eastern Georgia).
"Kakheti produces 68 % of the country's wine by volume, and 75% of grapes are grown specifically for wine production. Terroirs in Kakheti are primarily distinguished by four factors: their proximity to the main Caucasus Mountain Range, the levels of humidity and precipitation, soil and altitude. The areas further north and north-west benefit from their closer proximity to the main Caucasus Mountain Range and the cool breezes that flow south. Kakheti is drier than western Georgia and is less affected by the Black Sea. The climate is considered "transitional"- from dry subtropical to moderately humid. there are three different agro-climatic zones: subtropical, warm and moderately warm. Precipitation ranges from 600 to 800 millimeters annually. Summers are hot and often quite dry. Winters are moderately cold and cloudy with little snow, except up in the mountains.
Kakheti's geology is characterized by a complex, folded series of nappes riven by faults. The sedimentary cover mostly consists of a thick series of Early to Middle Jurassic shales and sandstone with volcanogenic sedimentary formations. The oldest are shales and clay-rich shales, which contain layers of fine-grained sandstones, siltstones and carbonate rock. Magmatic activity also disrupted the region, bringing quartz porphyries, granite porphyries and thick basalt sheets ..."
Learn More : "The Wines of Georgia" , Lisa Granik M.W.
This Amber Dry wine has aromas of ripe peach, fresh nectarine and wild flowers. This is a bold and rustic wine that pairs well with meats. The tannins are structured and chalky. Balanced acidity and body.
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For each bottle of Chekura wine sold, Village Vines donates a percent of the profits to Ecology Summer School Project - raising awareness of ecological and environmental conservation among low-income children in Tbilisi.
Village Vines works with American Friends of Georgia - a 501c3 non-profit who focus on helping those who are in the most need in Georgia.
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