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Prior to being harvested, the grapes are always checked in the lab, to determine sugar, acidity and PH levels.

 

Immediately after harvesting, fresh grapes undergo preliminary processing and are thoroughly sorted by hand. This step is necessary to prevent any leaves or bad berries from getting into the stemming machine and the press.

 

After the preliminary preparation, the grapes are transferred into the stemming machine and then undergo a special light pressing, when each berry is not fully pressed to extract the juice but only bursts from the light pressure before being transferred to the fermentation vat.

 

For fermentation we use only special clay vats called qvevri. Winemaking in a qvevri is a time-honored method in Georgia. Today we confidently use this method for making our wines, despite the fact that it’s more labour-intensive in relation to other methods.

 

A qvevri is an encaustic earthenware vessel that has an inside coat of beeswax and an outside coat of lime. It is buried below ground level up to its neck.

 

We believe that making wine in a qvevri is the most ecological and natural method. It also allows us to completely avoid the risks related to temperature changes. As an added benefit, the wine made in a qvevri will only taste of the grape from which it’s made, with no off-flavors. The volume of the qvevri used here at Chateau Zegaani is two tons.

 

In addition to qvevri, some of our wines age in barrels made of French oak, which makes their taste more complex and saturated for all oenophilists to enjoy. When it comes to refining, we refuse to use any methods that may have a negative effect on the quality and taste of the wine. Decantation is the natural and only way of wine purification that is used at Chateau Zegaani.

 

Every kind of wine has its own aging duration. After 12 to 36 months, Chateau Zegaani wines are ready for bottling. In the course of this time we make sure to taste the wine a few times, in order to select among them the truly superior ones for connoisseurs and wine-lovers to enjoy.

 

Technically, this is the point where our responsibility for the wine ends, but from a moral standpoint we just cannot leave the results of the joint efforts the nature and our team have put into the wine to the discretion of the vendors. We control the temperature during transportation and selling of Chateau Zegaani wines, and we also provide additional security: special protective symbols on the bottle.