Chateau Khashmi


We make authentic wine!

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Chateau Khashmi is a family cellar located in village Khashmi, Iori Valley, 35 km from Tbilisi, Georgia.

In our cellar we are making wine using old Georgian tradition, which is dated back to 8000 years.

For achieving the best quality wine, we thoroughly monitor grape quality and ripeness, and harvest them by hand at the right time, when sugar and acidity are at optimal levels. 

Before crushing grapes, we use sorting tables to select the best quality grapes and to remove inferior ones. 

After crushing, wine is fermenting together with pomace and stems in Qvevri's, which are big, egg-shaped clay pots (like amphorae) buried deep in the ground for achieving stable temperature throughout a year and have the best storage conditions.

During fermentation we use extensive labour to monitor maceration temperature and punch down wine pomace (cap) at least every 3 hours (during active fermentation) to prevent pomace drying and oxidation and to cool down the fermenting juice, for achieving excellent aromatic wines.
After fermentation complete, wine is stored and matured in ideal and steady temperature conditions, in Qvevri (underground vessel) for at least 1 year.
Our wines are made naturally, which means that, it is produced without adding or removing anything during vinification. Our wines are not filtered and do not contain added sulphites.

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Wine description


Khashmi's Saperavi

Dry, Unfiltered, Red Wine

Made in Qvevri!

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Kisi

Dry, Unfiltered, Amber wine

Made in Qvevri!

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Rkatsiteli

Dry, Unfiltered, Amber wine

Made in Qvevri!

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Rkatsiteli Vardo

Dry, Unfiltered, Amber wine

Made in Qvevri!

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Vintage 2016

Khashmi's Saperavi

Khashmi’s Saperavi – Dry, Red, Unfiltered, Qvevri Wine Maceration and ageing of wine is done by Georgian (Kakhetian) traditional way, which means, that fermentation is performed with pomace and stems in Qvevri, which is a big, egg-shaped clay pot (like amhorae) buried deep in the ground to achieve stable temperature conditions throughout the year. For achieving high quality wine, before crushing we use sorting tables and select only the best quality grapes. Wine ageing is also performed in Qvevri. Wine is dark, intensive ruby-coloured. It has cherry and berry tones. It should be noted that wine is made naturally, without any additions and without filtration. Does not contain added sulphites.

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Kisi

Kisi – Dry, Unfiltered, Qvevri wine Maceration and ageing of wine is done by Georgian (Kakhetian) traditional way, which means, that fermentation is performed with pomace and stems in Qvevri, which is a big, egg-shaped clay pot (like amhorae) buried deep in the ground to achieve stable temperature conditions throughout the year. For achieving high quality wine, before crushing we use sorting tables and select only the best quality grapes. After fermentation complete, wine stays on the pomace and stems 6 more months and performs natural filtration and stabilisation. Wine ageing is also performed in Qvevri. Wine is dark straw-coloured, with light aromas. It should be noted that wine is made naturally, without any additions and without filtration. Does not contain added sulphites.

$10

Rkatsiteli

Rkatsiteli – Natural, Dry, Unfiltered, Qvevri wine Maceration and ageing of wine is done by Georgian (Kakhetian) traditional way, which means, that fermentation is performed with pomace and stems in Qvevri, which is a big, egg-shaped clay pot (like amhorae) buried deep in the ground to achieve stable temperature conditions throughout the year. For achieving high quality wine, before crushing we use sorting tables and select only the best quality grapes. After fermentation complete, wine stays on the pomace and stems 6 more months and performs natural filtration and stabilisation. Wine ageing is also performed in Qvevri. Wine is dark straw-coloured and high in alcohol; on taste it is high in extract and has reach tones. It should be noted that wine is made naturally, without any additions and without filtration. Does not contain added sulphites.

$10

Rkatsiteli Vardo

Rkatsiteli “Rose” – Natural, Dry, Unfiltered, Qvevri wine Maceration and ageing of wine is done by Georgian (Kakhetian) traditional way, which means, that fermentation is performed with pomace and stems in Qvevri, which is a big, egg-shaped clay pot (like amhorae) buried deep in the ground to achieve stable temperature conditions throughout the year. For achieving high quality wine, before crushing we use sorting tables and select only the best quality grapes. After fermentation complete, wine stays on the pomace and stems 6 more months and performs natural filtration and stabilisation. Wine ageing is also performed in Qvevri. Wine is dark straw-coloured, with rose shades. It has aromatic tones of raisins, apricot and dried fig. It should be noted that wine is made naturally, without any additions and without filtration. Does not contain added sulphites.

FAQS


FAQS

What is authentic wine?
Authentic wine is a real, pure, natural wine. It is a wine from vineyards that are farmed organically, and which is produced without adding or removing anything during vinification. Authentic wine does not contain added sulphites and is not filtered. Therefore, it preserves all the natural aromas that truly express their place of origin – the “terroir”.

Why grape quality is important?
There is old Georgian saying, that wine (quality) starts from the vineyard. One can make bad wine from good grapes, but it is impossible to make good wine from bad grapes (at least naturally). And exceptional wines, with good ageing potential should be made with high quality grapes. That's why we handpick the grapes, that have been grown organically, then use sorting tables to assure that only the best quality grapes have been processed, and remove inferior ones. Also during sorting, we remove insects, vine leaves, or any extra things, that have been picked occasionally during harvest. You can see sorting and processing images and videos in our gallery below.

What is the winemaking process?
Winemaking process involves picking grapes at its optimal level of ripeness, crushing grapes, fermentation, separating juice from pomace, and ageing.
Wine is made by fermentation of grape juice. Fermentation happens when yeasts, bacteria, and other microorganisms break down sugar and convert it to alcohol.
In Georgian traditional winemaking white wines are fermented like red wines, with skins and stems.
The difference between red and white winemaking process (by Georgian Traditional way) is that for red wines, juice is separated from pomace after several days from crusing, but for white wines juice (wine) is delayed on pomace and stems for several (up to 6) months.
The result is that white wines become more stabile, rich in tannins, antioxidants, and aromas.
After fermentation completes, wine needs to be aged for at least several months for developing its character.

What yeasts do?
Yeasts are invisible microorganisms, that eat sugars and convert it to alcohol. Yeasts are living everywhere, in the soil (terroir), on the grape skins, and in the cellar as well. They are the most important part in the winemaking process. They are part of the terroir, climate, topography, etc. and are responsible for main aromatic characteristics of wine.

What conventional producers do differently?
Conventional wine producers are eliminating these natural yeasts, mainly by addition of sulphur dioxide, and adding lab-based yeast strains, that have been tested to reduce risks, speed-up fermentation process, and deliver specific flavours.

Most conventional wines are not dairy free!
Most conventional producers are using milk, eggs, fish and animal (livestock) products (gelatine) in the fining process.

What are tannins in wine?
Tannins are what we call polyphenols. They are found in grape skins, seeds and stems. Tannins produce a dry puckering sensation in the mouth. Tannins are important as they provide colour, flavour and structure to the wine.

Do authentic wines contain sulphites?
We do not add sulphites to our wines.


Is authentic wine better for you?

Our wines do not contain added sulphites, therefore they are not allergic, give less headache, than conventional wines, and is more easily digested (processed) by the liver.


Why is there sediment in some wine bottles?
We do not filter our wines, and therefore some residue is accepted. It does not mean that the wine is spoiled or harmful. The particles and sediment in the bottle are made up of tannins and fruit colour which separates from wine, as it ages.


What temperature is ideal to store and serve wine?

You should store wine in a dark and cool place, a dark cupboard or underground cellar is ideal. Different wines should be served at different temperatures.


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Chateau Khashmi, Kakheti, Georgia