In Racha, in the village Khvanchkara on the place of the Cellar of Prince Kipiani in 1927 Khvanchkara Winery was built, which we represent today as “Khvanchkara” Ltd. The wine-makers who have been working in the Winery for decades, passed on the Kipiani method of Khvanchkara Winemaking to the new generation that continues this fine wine making tradition.
“Khvanchkara production” was started by the Georgian Noble, Dimitri Kipiani in the 1880s. He made perfect demi-doux (semi-sweet) red wine from Aleksandrouli and Mujuretuli unique grape varieties by the incomplete fermentation method. It was called “The Kipiani Wine”.
In 1907 Dimitri Kipiani sent his wine to the city of Osten in Belgium, where the European Wine Festival was being held. To everyone’s surprise, The Kipiani Wine was granted the Gold Grand Prize, which is kept at the Georgian National Museum today. This was a great victory for Georgian wine making and personally, for Prince Kipiani.
Khvanchkara microzone is located at Ratcha, Ambrolauri administrative zone, from the level of the sea 450-750 meter high, at the river Rioni right coast, protected with the high-pitched cavernous. It includes village Khvanchkara and its neighbor villages. The climate here is humid, the winter is a bit cold and with hot, but dry summer.