This Christmas what do you give the wine lover who has everything? Their own vines of course! With the launch of The Georgian Wine Society’s Adopt a Vine program, British wine enthusiasts can for the first time adopt their own vines in one of Georgia’s most celebrated vineyards.
Georgia’s rich winemaking tradition allowed the Society to partner with the Telavi Wine Cellar, one of the country’s top wine producers. This year the Georgian Wine Society has reserved an allocation of vines in the world-famous, 300-year-old Kondoli vineyards in Kakheti. Located in the controlled appellation of Tsinandali, between the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains and the Alazani River, the Kondoli vineyards produce some of Georgia’s best wines.
Adopt a Vine customers will be able to choose between two traditional grape varieties: the fresh white Mtsvane, and Saperavi, the national red grape of Georgia, described by Oz Clarke as a potential ‘world beater’. Kondoli’s Mtsvane vines are found along the banks of the Alazani River, where the breeze from the mountains ensures cool growing conditions and fresh, crisp aromas. While, the Saperavi vines are planted further back from the riverbank, where warmer conditions encourage the rich black fruit flavours for which the grape is renowned.
Customers joining Adopt a Vine now will adopt vines for the 2011 vintage, which allows you to follow the development of your wine for a full year before it is sent to you in the early summer of 2012. The price per vine per year is just £29.99, or you can adopt 3 vines for £54.99. The best bit? There is no limit on the number of vines you can adopt!
What You Need to Know
- You will receive one bottle of wine from the award-winning Kondoli vineyards from each of your adopted vines.
- To offer Adopt a Vine as a gift, simply name the person you wish to give it to. Orders for Christmas 2010 need to be received by 18th December.
- To join email firstname.lastname@example.org
- All adopters must be over 18 years old.
For more information visit www.georgianwinesociety.co.uk