The ancient Saperavi grape produces dark, full-bodied, and complex wines. Kakheti's most traditinal examples are made in massive buried clay vats called qvevri, an ancient method that tempers Saperavi's powerful nature and lends the wine a rich, velvety texture. After being fermented in qvevri, the wine is aged in French oak barrique for 12 months.
Under the control of the chief wine-maker David Maisuradze 10 best wines from iconic Georgian producers from the regions of Kakheti and Racha-Lechkhumi are selected annually. The terroirs of these regions are the most diverse: they account for 90% of the country's appellations, each of which has its own individual character, worthy of attention. This way, the line includes 4 "terroir wines": Tsinandali, Mukuzani, Kindzmarauli and Khvanchkara.
In addition, the selection of the best varietal wines is carried out from indigenous varieties of grapes Kisi, Mtsvane, Rkatsiteli and Saperavi. Despite the fact that the company owns 40 hectares of its own vineyards, only the best of these crops are used to make the wine for the collection. Two natural semi-sweet wines Banovani are pleasant addition, which is translated from Georgian as "aristocrat". These are unique wines created personally by David Maisuradze to show how uncommon and subtle the regional semi-sweet wines of Kakheti can be.
After the selection phase, the wines are accumulated and bottled at the high-tech Kindzmarauli Marani’s plant. The company is the official Terra Initia bottler, as it is equipped with modern Italian and German equipment and meets the highest requirements of wine production.
As a result of multi-level selection from vintage to vintage, Terra Initia wines are characterized by an enviable consistency of quality and style. After all, the goal always remains the same: to express the subtle, yet diverse features of the terroirs of Georgia and to reveal the potential of indigenous varieties, the diversity of which is beyond the bounds of all known Saperavi and Rkatsiteli.
The Terra Initia collection - translated from Latin as "original land" - is named after the recognition of Georgia as the country where the world's winemaking was born. All wines are marked with whale labels, which makes them easily recognizable. The oldest of the animals, a symbol of power and rebirth - the whale - bears on itself a land that presented mankind with wine, personifying Georgia at a new stage in the development of winemaking.