This wine has a deep Straw intensity and slightly Golden hue.
The Aromas are medium intensity, predominantly apple, temperature variants include peach to banana. The floral notes of Honeysuckle are very present.
This is a dry wine, medium - Body, Underripe Tannic structure but overall a very good wine.
Perfect for a day on the boat, perfect ingredient for a spritzer.
As we know from Vano, Georgian King Erekle II 's favorite dish with Khikhvi was river Trout. Here's a simple recipe you can use to prepare Trout on your own ;)
Ingredients for 1 person: 1 trout, ready for cooking Herb butter Salt and pepper Wash the trout, pat dry, season with salt and pepper inside and outside and place open side facing up on a baking dish lined with baking paper. Place some flakes of herb butter in the open part of the trout and bake for 30 minutes at 220 °C. The flesh is very juicy and the fins nice and crunchy.
The origins of Khikhvi’s name are unknown and not hypothesized, but it grows widely in eastern Georgia, especially in Kakheti it originated. Most plantings are on the East-Southeast reaches of the province, on the right bank of the Alazani River. The vine sports large leaves, which are three-lobed, circular and almost round. Its medium-sized bunches are conical, winged, and somewhat loose, with medium-sized, greenish-yellow, thin-skinned berries. Budburst occurs in the first half of April and matures in September. An early ripener, it is recommended for higher-altitude, cooler mountain plantings. Along with Mtsvane Kakhuri , Khikhvi is the other Georgian variety most susceptible to powdery mildew, though it is resistant to spider mites.
Khikhvi vineyard is located in Kakheti, village Kardenakhi, 350-750m from sea level, partly loamy, limestone, gravelly soil. 32-32 % of rainfalls is in spring and summer, 23% - autumn and 13% - winter. The summer is quite hot, and winter is known for it's temperate climate. Winds from Caucasian and Gombori mountains have an important impact on the climate in this area.
Kardenakhi terroir has quite rich flora and fauna. Mostly, there grow broad-leaved threes on the hills and valleys of Kardenakhi, lot's of oaks and hornbeams. This area is home for wolves, jackals,badgers, rabbits. In the depth of forests, you may meet a brown bear, a deer, wild boars.. The fields are favourite place for vole-mouses and dormouses. From reptillian family, here you can see three different types of snakes, small green lizards and turtles too.
Khikhvi left behind his royal title in search of true purpose in his life.
His deepest desire was to be recognized independently from his family. He couragously made the decision to denounce his position as a dipolmat in exchange for a life of simplicity; leaving behind the gold in exchange for straw.
His journey lead him to a small village in Khakheti. The friendliness and generousity of the villagers seemed to match his own values. He became a humble man, finding peace and balance in his vineyard. He met a young woman and fell in love. She loved his charm, his kind eyes, and his welcoming heart. Khikhvi raised a family with her. He has finally become the man he wanted to be; devoting his life to his family and passing his wisdom and khiwledge on to his son.
Artwork by Tako Chekurishvili
Qvevri Wine Cellar is a wonderful example of a traditional Georgian family winery. Ivane's father, Ivane, his wife and his 9 years old son are fully involved in wine-making process. They live in Velistsikhe - small, enchanting village in Kakheti. Ivane became our close friend in search of high quality wines in Georgia. He is a professional wine maker and in addition to that, he has spent 6 years in Italy, visiting lot's of wineries and working on different projects. He is smart, artistic, very positive person, always ready to give a hand and always excited to discuss wine in every angle.
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Qvevri Wine Cellar's history started long before it would be officially registered as a winery. Ivane's grandfather , Ivane's father were loyal to old Kakhetian wine making technology and they had fantastic wine in the whole area. Ivane grew up in Kakheti, spending his childhood in vineyards an knowing that he would become a winemaker some day. He spent six years in Italy working on different projects there and taking every chance to work in Italian local wineries and expand his knowledge as much as possible. When he came back in Georgia, he registered the family winery officially and started his own wine brand. He remained loyal to his family's traditions and used his knowledge to improve the quality. He is the winemaker everyone knows and respects in his country and he is always supporting other winemakers in their needs.
For each bottle of Khikhvi sold, Village Vines donates a percent of the profits to a charitable cause selected by the winemaker.
Qvevri Wine Cellar is dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for children battling Leukemia and Lymphoma.
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