Stewards of the Land
Pheasant’s Tears vineyards are overseen by our winemaker, Gela Patalishvili. Gela’s family has been farming and making wine in Kakheti for over 8 generations, and it is Gela’s sincere desire to preserve the traditional wine making techniques that have made Georgia a home for viticulture since 6000 BC. A combination of high quality soil and diligent vineyard care helps us achieve the quality of fruit necessary to create our traditional but elegant wines. Our commitment to organic principles started with the purchase of the Saperavi vineyards in 2007, for which we will receive international organic certification in 2010. We find these practices essential both in order to protect the land from misuse and harsh chemicals and to help develop the rich terroir that is reflected in each bottle of our wines.
We are also committed to seeking out rare endemic varietals and bringing them to market. Georgia has over 500 species of grape to offer, many limited to tiny micro-regions at specific elevations and most of which are unfamiliar even to the knowledgeable Georgian wine consumer. This rich heritage is in danger of being lost entirely, relegated to DNA databases and laboratory experiments. We feel it is both our duty and our great honor to bring these ancient vines back to life, to produce wines like those enjoyed by the ancestors, and to share that wine with the world.
Pheasant’s Tears estate vineyard plantings flow down the slopes of the eastern Georgian Kiziqi province overlooking the Alazani Valley and snow-capped Caucasus Mountains. Our site is located near the village of Tibaani in the shadow of the 6th C Monastery of St. Stephen. The terroir here is special, with long summer sunlight of over 14 hours a day and evenings cooled by the breeze from the gorge. The soil is composed of lime rock, chalk and dark clay on the surface, while a meter deep lies a sandy loam mixed with gravel, providing excellent drainage for the vines’ root systems.
Our growing locations throughout Georgia with harvest volume:
The village of Manavi, Kakheti region (Mtsvane varietal = 4 tons/hectare)
The village ofArgokhi/Alaverdi, Kakheti region (Kisi varietal = 3.5 tons/hectare)
The village ofTibaani, Kakheti region (Saperavi varietal = 4 tons/hectare)
The village of Bodbiskhevi, Kakheti region (Rkatsiteli varietal = 5 tons/hectare)
The village of Mukhrani, Kartli region (Shavkapito and Tavkveri varietals = 3 tons/hectare, Chinuri = 4/hectare)