July 5, 2014
Both Ramaz and the Aboviani family told us that the road to the Kakheti was very easy and flat. Lie, a huge lie. There are at least 40 kilometers uphill. As usual those traveling by car only perceive as climbs what they do in first gear. The road is very busy and there is not much to see, which makes the climb more difficult. Niki is waiting us in Manavi, where we finally arrive around 19:30.
Upon our arrival they are still working. Niki owns one of the oldest vineyards in Georgia, is on this land that wine was produced for kings. It's the first time that Niki makes wine in his cellar, which is still under construction, in the last years his wine was left to ferment in qvevri of friends (including Soliko, whom we'll soon talk about). The quevri are underground but inside a building with walls and roof. In other areas (in Imerezia for example) there is only the roof. It depends on the climate. Here Niki is doing the walls of straw, wood and clay. The project also includes the construction of a veranda to taste the wine. Unfortunately, the wine is not ready yet, it will take another three months.