The winemaker Levan Gogoladze was working in the hospital as a resident in the resuscitation room. His grandparents on both sides were making wines and he was helping them in the vineyard and cellar from times when he was a little boy. When he grew up, he had a small cellar in Kakheti and was making wines in oak barrels with Kakhetian traditional method. After his grandparents’ death, the family sold part of their land with the cellar, but they took out the old Qvevris. Levan moved his grandparents Qvevris in his small cellar and started making his own wines in Qvevris instead of barrels. In 2010 he left the hospital and put his whole energy in winemaking. His family’s old vineyard was 80 years old and it was slowly dying from being not taken care of for some years, so Levan has been renewing it with new vines step by step. Levan believes that wine should be like a cure for a human- giving us health, good energy and emotions. This is why he is producing only Bio certified, high quality wines.
‘For ages, Akhmeta was glorified by its indigenous varieties: Mtsvane, Khikhvi and Kisi alongside Rkatsiteli and Saperavi grown elsewhere in the region.’ Moreover, these varieties took the form of splendid wines – visually attractive, aromatic, with substantial extract. Today, Akhmeta is renowned for its whites, especially Kisi, Mtsvane and Jananura, the local name for Khikhvi. Akhmeta Mtsvane is slated to become a new PDO.
The extended area of Akhmeta enjoys a favourable climate with enough precipitation, but not too much. Vineyards mostly are spread out evenly at 550 to 600 metres elevation. The soils of Akhmeta proper are alluvial-carbonate; the Ilto and Orvili rivers carried down the alluvium and other sediments from the Tsiv-Gombori. Texturally, it is loamy or lightly loamy, with areas that are strongly skeletal over carbonate soils, proluvial and alluvial sediments.
— Excerpt from "The Wines of Georgia" , Lisa Granik M.W.
This Amber Dry Wine has a light amber color with aromas of fresh apricot, yellow peach and mandarin orange with subtle notes of honey and wild flowers. The body is food friendly and moderate and the tannins are ripe and polished.
Amber Dry Wine. Unfiltered. The wine has yellow fruit aromas like dried pear, ripe quince and apricot; hints of green tea and some spices. Perfect wine for those who like full body wines.
Bio wine, unfiltered, well pronounced aromas of ripe red fruit. High alcohol, well balanced, medium - acidity, pronounced , round tannins.
For each bottle of Babunidze sold, Village Vines donates a percent of the profits to Higher Education Scholarship Fund -providing students from Bediani Children’s Village and Dzegvi Shelter Community with the financial support to achieve their higher education goals. The Scholarship Fund covers undergraduate university tuition, housing, textbooks and school supplies.
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.