DIDIM MAGHLAKELIDZE, IMERETI, Georgia – Organic
Imereti (ancient Colchis) is one of the historic pillars of Georgia. There are many vineyards south of Kutaisi, the country’s second city. This region is more humid than Kakheti and many of the vines grow on pergolas. Viticulture is organic and the variety is Krakhuna, indigenous grape of Western Georgia. Dimi is a non-AO dry white wine from a small area of long repute in Imereti, Western Georgia. Dimi is made by one large winery and some local growers, most notably Didimi, whose Krakhuna is left in contact with the skins for a very short period (few days), then fermentedand aged in Qveri for few months, it is pale with a minerally, Riesling-like character and a fresh, even explosively fruity palate.
Notes on Krakhuna grapes: Krakhuna is one of the oldest Georgian grapevine varieties. The cultivar is spread in Imereti. It is included in the official list of varieties recommended for cultivation in Western Georgia. The grape of Krakhuna makes high quality table and ‘Madeira style wines. Krakhuna wines made through European technology have high sensorial value. Blends of Krakhuna, Tsitska and Tsolikouri have typical character of the white Imeretian wines.