Whether amber colored skin- wines pique your interest, or a Merlot-based Saperavi blend sounds more your style, Georgian wine has something for every palate—and America is interested. Here are some of the United States' best s for drinking Georgian, right now. 

By Vicki Denig
October 30, 2018
Carly Diaz

Georgian wine is basking in newfound fame—an ironic twist for the world’s oldest wine producing nation. The country boasts the longest consistent winemaking history on record (over 8,000 vintages!)—though it hasn’t been an easy eight millenia. Ravaged by numerous civil wars, Russian occupation, and invasions from neighboring nations, Georgia has persisted, thriving on its culture of feasts, family value, and of course, ever-flowing amounts of wine.

Traditionally, the classic way of producing Georgian wine involves the country’s signature qvevri, earth-sunken clay vessels used for fermentation and elevage. Though with the decrease in qvevri producers, as well as evolving consumer palate preference, a handful of winemakers have moved to more modern wine-producing techniques, ripping out indigenous vines for better known, international varieties; thankfully, a crusade of classic, qvevri-favoring purists still exists.

Whether amber colored skin- wines pique your interest, or a Merlot-based Saperavi blend sounds more your style, Georgian wine has something for every palate—and America is interested. Here are some of the United States' best s for drinking Georgian, right now. 

Oda House, New York City

Co-managed by Executive Chef Maia Acquaviva, Oda House is situated in Manhattan’s East Village, and serves up authentic Georgian cuisine alongside a handful of traditional Georgian wines. Acquaviva moved to the United States in 2007—a former plastic surgeon, she re-discovered her love of cooking shortly after her move, and decided to enroll in culinary courses in New York. Boasting an exclusively Georgian list, Oda House is hands-down one of the best places to eat and drink Georgian in New York. 

Oda House, 76 Avenue B, 212-353-3838

Supra, Washington D.C.

Courtesy of Supra Restaurant

Aptly named for the Georgian word for traditional feasts involving abundant wine, food, and poetic toasts, Supra is found in the heart of downtown Washington D.C., proudly boasting all of the above in its repertoire. Executive Chef Malkhaz Maisashvili, formerly the executive chef at the Embassy of Georgia, serves up a mixture of traditional dishes and reinvented classics, paired with an all-Georgian wine list. From sparkling to rosé, red to white, qvevri ferments to modern winemaking techniques, Supra presents one of the most diverse Georgian wine lists in America, including a ‘Mini-Supra’ Happy Hour daily, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.—an ideal setup for Georgian wine novices looking to get acquainted with the juice while snacking on an array of Georgian bites.

Supra, 1205 11th St. NW, 202-789-1205

À Côté, Oakland

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Found in Oakland’s Rockridge district, À Côté specializes in small, Mediterranean inspired plates, served up at large communal tables, with both indoor and outdoor seating available. However, here, the emphasis is on the wines, over 40 of which are poured by the glass. À Côté’s wine list boasts and entire Georgian red section, with half-glass, full glass, and bottle options available. For those looking to delve into the world of Saperavi, with minimal need for bottle commitment, this unique, California-based wine list is exactly what you’re looking for.

À Côté, 5478 College Ave., 510-655-6469

haley.henry, Boston