Mariam's interest for wine started when she was working for a tourism company called Living Roots. Her work involved traveling all around Georgia visiting natural wine cellars and gaining knowledge from the producers themselves. During that time she also worked at the newly opened Gvino Underground, the first natural wine bar i Tbilisi, together with Ramaz Nikoladze, John Wurdeman and Niki Antadze (all outstanding natural winemakers!). The passion and inspiration from these people inspired Mariam herself to dream about one day making her own wine.
In 2014 she had the opportunity to make her first vintage in her uncle's wine cellar using one of his Qvevris. Since then she has been producing wine with the single red grape variety Tavkveri. The grapes are grown in the village of Ateni situated centrally in the Kartli Region of eastern Georgia.
The harvest is usually from the middle to the end of October, after which the grapes are transported to the winery in Kiketi south of Tbilisi.
All of Mariam's vintages have seen only 2,5-3 days of skin maceration, which is very little compared to Georgian tradition, after which the skins are separated from the juice and kept in Qvevri for about 8 months.
Despite the untraditional, juicy style of her wines, they are still unmistakably Georgian in their expression!