OLD GEORGIA AND TELIANI VALLEY
The history of Teliani Valley vineyard starts in 19th century, when a modern, two-storey winery of capacity nearly 30.000 hl was erected in place of a historic vineyard of the Georgian prince Alexander Chavchavadze. Construction of this largest winery of the time was decreed by a brother of the Russian Tsar Mikhail Romanov. In 1891, a French winemaker from Bordeaux – Antoin Mossano – was invited to this winery. Mossano worked in Georgia for 9 years. He was the first to apply the European technologies to producing wine from the local, indigenous varieties of grape. It was also his initiative to import different French varieties of grapevine for cultivation in Georgia. From all these “foreign” varieties, Cabernet-Sauvignon grown in the Teliani valley proved to be the best. Mossano produced wine from this grape and sent the first bottle to Petersburg, to the royal court. The bottle came with a white piece of paper that read: „Cabernet-Sauvignon, Teliani Valley, 1893 Antoin Mossano”. Mossano and his Teliani wine made the small valley situated on the fertile lands of Georgian Kakheti famous. Over a hundred years have passed from the first Teliani harvest, the Mossano legend has somewhat lost its luster, and yet the one thing has remained unchanged ever since – the name Teliani Valley, under which Georgian wine has been offered for over a century. Currently, the Teliani Valley winery produces wines both traditional and unique, made in qvevri, as well as modern ones, for the European tastes. The cultivation mostly comprises of Georgian grape varieties, but the tradition has not been forgotten, and the production of French varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay is continued. Apart from the main range of wines under the name Teliani Valley, new brands have emerged, including Old Gruzia, Teluri, Kvareli and Glekhuri.
Learn more at https://www.telianivalley.pl