Amathus Drinks has added Georgian winery Dugladze to its portfolio as part of its plan to diversify and expand its wine portfolio.

The Dugladze family has been making wines and spirits since 1904, and today it has one of the most advanced wineries in Georgia, according to Amathus, with vineyards in key locations.

It makes wines both in the traditional Qvevri amphora style, alongside more conventional European-styled reds and whites.
Amathus has initially added two orange wines fermented and aged in the traditional Qvevri and a red Saperavi with RRPs ranging from £12.50 to £21 per bottle

Jeremy Lithgow MW, Head of Wine at Amathus, said: “We’ve done a lot of work over the last couple years adding largely classic wine styles and regions, and now we’re looking to build on this by adding some more leftfield yet no less relevant selections. As the trend for orange wines continues to gather momentum and awareness of Georgian wines increases, we were keen to find a winery from this historic country to represent in the UK.

“Dugladze manage to combine the ancient Qvevri techniques and traditional varieties such as Kisi with really considered winemaking resulting in delicious, strikingly presented and most importantly great value wines.”

Georgia is sometimes referred to as “The Cradle of Wine” due to its 8000-year-old winemaking history. Many of the ancient techniques are still in use today.

Historically grapes were fermented with skins, stems and all in giant clay jars called Qvevri, often buried in soil, where they remained for several months or even years in extreme cases. This lends the white wines a unique textural element; amber-hued with the breadth and depth of a red wine including an appealing tannin component, while the process reduces the need for sulphur additions. These wines have proved the inspiration behind todays burgeoning orange wine movement.