Kabis Toni Winery #113
Sip of Exclusivity: Unveiling the Craftmanship of Kabis Toni Wines
Kabis Toni company established in 2016. The company aims to produce high-quality wine from Georgian endemic vine varieties, making an accent Georgian traditions method in Qvevri. The name of the company derived from the rare Georgian endemic grape variety usually cultivated together with another endemic variety Aleksandrouli in purpose to achieve the quality of the harvest. After dividing the name to two words, we get the different meaning “the tone of the [woman’s] dress”, what alludes to the fact that the winemaker is a woman — Keti Jurkhadze. She — first of all, is a great wine lover and then a wine judge with almost 16 years working experience at Georgian Wine Degustation Commission under the National Wine Agency of Georgia. As a professor, Keti has been involved in various scientific researches and has several scientific publications. Keti’s husband Aleksandre (Aleko) supports her in all endeavours, creating strong tandem same as Kabistoni and Aleksandrouli grape varieties. This was a reason for the great start of a successful family business and choosing the name of a company. Along with the wine-making company, Keti Jurkhadze owns the Kabistoni Wine School where students can become certified Wine Connoisseur.
Crafting Elegance: The Journey of Saperavi Red and Rare Georgian Varieties at Kabis Toni
The main and the only direction of the winery is to produce fine wine from very rare endemic Georgian grape varieties using local traditional winemaking techniques, which involves wine fermentation and subsequent maturation in Qvevri (clay pot used in Georgia by millennia). Due to the limited capacity of each qvevri (400-1500 litres) company produces wine in limited quantities — 500-1000 bottles per variety.
Kabis Toni: A Symphony of Georgian Terroir, Unique Varietals, and Feline Grace in Kata Marani Wines
In 2016, the company started the producing of its first Saperavi red dry wine, which was bottled in 2018. During the short running period of the winery, the annual production turnover has been increased until 5000 bottles. Such wine varieties of Kabis Toni winery as Saperavi, Chinuri, Tavkveri, Khikhvi and Chkhaveri can be found locally in specialised wine shops, boutiques as well as the in the menus of premium class bars and fine dining restaurants. Every single bottle has a unique number. Besides it, Kabis Toni successfully started to export its products internationally.
In 2021, the company introduced a new brand to the market: “Kata Marani”. The brand name came from a stray cat, named Kato, who decided to settle in the wine cellar (marani in Georgian). The brand only offers Saperavi wines. Translated into Georgian word by word, Kata Marani means catamaran, which differs from other boats as Saperavi differs from other wines, with its unique taste and aroma.