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Orovela Saperavi on The Independent’s Special Mention

“This accomplished Georgian red shows bright, spicy black fruit aromas and appetisingly sappy fresh blackberry fruit,” British publication’s Anthony Rose writes of Orovela brand 2007 Saperavi wine.


The author included this brand of Saperavi in his list of wines that he assigned to particular occasions — Night In, Dinner Party and the fun category Splash Out.


Italian Del Commmune di Gavi opens the list as the Night In type of wine, then follows the Georgian Orovela saperavi as the Dinner Paty Wine, and the French Geoffroy family of Château Thivin closes the top three as the Splash Out kind of wine.


Three wines on The Independent’s special mention: Madonnina Gavi del Commune di Gavi; Orovela Saperavi Kakheti, Georgia; Château Thivin, Côte de Brouilly, Cuvée Godefroy



The same author named Orovela saperavi in his ’50 Best Wines’ back in 2011 with the following words:

Is it Bordeaux? Is it Rioja? Er, no, it’s pure saperavi from Georgia, intensely smoked meat and-savoury, the fruit deliciously full-flavoured and concentrated but not heavy; savoury with a loganberry-like fruits character rounded out by oak. One to tease the know-it-alls.

Mr Rose remains loyal to Orovela saperavi in the publication from March 7, 2015.

The wine company Orovela was founded in 2001 and produces Saperavi, Saperavi-Cabarnet Sauvignon and Cuve Chandebi Mtsvane-Rkatsiteli.

The company’s success started with its Saperavi of 2004 when the British wine critic Jancis Robinson dedicated a quite voluminous letter to Orovela Saperavi on her personal website. Ms Robinson wrote:

I can honestly say that Orovela Saperavi 2004 Kakheti, Georgia is the best Georgian wine I have ever tasted. It is the brainchild of Giorgi Sulkhanishvili, who was involved with the Pernod Ricard Georgian project. He left them last year to start his own wine label Orovela, made by the Georgian/Australian winemaker Lado Uzunashvili, who has been responsible for some of Paul Mas’s extremely well-made Languedoc wines. He had acquired the vineyard in 2001 and started to rework and replant it straight away.






The same pathos for Orovela wine was expressed by Steven Spurrier who included this company’s Saperavi in his ‘Undiscovered Wines’ list, saying: “Orovela is Georgia’s first super-premium red wine. Plummy, deep velvet ruby, rich and lush small blackberry fruit, ripe on the palate with Saperavi’s firmness kicking in to provide length and balance. This is both smoothly sophisticated and robustly full bodied and perfect for the table at only 12.5%.”




Orovela’s wine has been present in Britain’s one of the largest wine supermarkets Waitrose for quite some time. Apart from this, the brand has been awarded with a number of international awards, which popularized Orovela not only in Britain, but also globally.


by Nino Gojiashvili