Nikoladzeebis Marani

Ramaz Nikoladze established his domaine 'Nikoladzeebis Marani' in 2007 with the tiniest parcel of vines belonging to his ancestors in Nakhshirgele, Imereti. His 0.7ha of vines are between 28-100 years old. He grows and vinifies local varieties Tsitska and Tsolikouri with no skin contact. The grapes are fermented and aged in qvevri, more often than not without their skins or pomace, although Ramaz plays this by ear each year. The wine is fermented in qvevri for 5-6 months, then racked into a clean qvevri for ageing which lasts a year.