Society has been drinking forever and will continue to drink wine in the future. Today if you want to be part of wine industry, you should create a niche, which tells a bit new story to be remembered by wine lovers. One spelling mistake became a part of the story for a wine Kabis Toni (in Georgian ‘the colour of the dress’) which has already become many wine lovers’ favorite wine…

According to Keti Jurkhadze, known as a wine expert, an uncompromised judge of Qvevri Wine Competitions and today a winemaker, she can’t think of another job that is passion-driven and diverse. Where else can somebody drive a tractor, be in gum boots in the marani and be on high heels for a fine wine and dining evening within the same profession. Although her childhood dream was to become a surgeon, she made her first serious move in wine industry by founding a wine school Kabistoni, where she could bring together young start-ups and amateur winemakers to share their knowledge about winemaking.

For Keti, she wouldn’t gain such success if there wasn’t her husband’s support. Finding a balance between work and family can be hard for women in any industry and especially in the wine world, where harvest means doing the physical aspects of this job and also getting the hands dirty, but she has overcome all difficulties.

Having a good understanding of wine and confidence in herself, Keti Jurkhadze introduced Sevsamora’s wines at the International Wine exhibition ‘Georgia Homeland of wine’ held in Tokyo and had a big success…

Keti produces a limited volume of wines at Sevsamora Winery. She has got 8 hectare vineyard where she produces Kartli and Kakhetian varieties, such as Chinuri, Goruli Mtsvane, Shavkapito, Saperavi, Danakharuli and Takveri wines. The vineyard belongs to Sevsamora, where she is an executive director and Keti is proud that Giorgi Gagua, the founder of Sevsamora was her student. So mission of her school is accomplished…

Wine has evolved as part of life, culture and history since time immemorial. What influence can wine have on the history of Georgia when its 20% is occupied? In Keti’s opinion everyone has his/her attitude to the country’s history but she is sure winemakers can say their words in changing the country’s history to the better. On the label of her wines she has printed a map of Georgia with its occupied parts in red to tell the wine lovers from all over the world that her country is occupied by Russia. She of course has realized that it’s a bit risky but she doesn’t care and says that that was a little what she could do…

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