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Georgia

Cradle of wine

Georgia has long been associated with the homeland of wine. It leads to one of the historical cities of Georgia, Dmanisi, in the ancient Neolithic age of viticulture and winemaking. A few decades ago, in the ruins of the "Ruined Hill" settlement, located south of Tbilisi, archaeologists discovered grape pods dating back to the 6th millennium BC.

The morphological and ampelographic characteristics of the found pods were identical to those of the European vine. Lately, renewed archaeological excavations in the ruins of the settlement of "The cut hill" have additionally discovered grape pods from the Neolithic age. In addition to the above, fragments of clay vessels were found. Chemical analysis of the material showed precipitation of calcium salts of tartaric acid, which can only be detected in the presence of wine or grape juice.

Qvevri is the first vessel used in winemaking. Archaeological studies have confirmed its 8,000-year history, and the process of wine fermentation in it is part of a centuries-old tradition. In 2013, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) awarded this ancient traditional method of wine making the status of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Our company is pleased to present the KTW Group's Qvevri Saferavi wine in the tasting room of the Wine Civilization (La Cité du Vin) in Bordeaux, France.

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History

The company's history begins in the 19th century, when Anthimoz Chkhaidze founded a wine cellar in the village of Askana, Guria region, in western Georgia. He made a name for himself by producing such rare and outstanding Georgian wines as Chkhaveri, Tsolikouri, and Jani. Anthimos gain respect for himself completely the Black Sea - the winemaker exported his wine to neighboring countries. The oldest qvevri found in the cellar of Antimoz dates back to 1880.

Before the turn of the century, in 2001, Anthimozi's son, Zurab Chkhaidze, with new strength and energy, carry on with the tradition of his great grandfather and founded the company - "Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking". Consequently, as a result of hard- working and ongoing development, "Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking" became the largest wine-producing company in the Georgian market, whose sales cover more than 30 countries of the world, and, simultaneously, it occupies a leading light among the largest exporters.

The company continues the tradition of family winemaking till today. At this time, a new generation has joined the ranks of the company, which successfully leads and continues the family's indigenous tradition. Zurab's eldest son, Alexander, is the head of the company's strategy and development department.

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Today, "Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking" is one of the largest companies producing wine and alcoholic beverages in Georgia, employing more than 2,500 people. "Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking" owns 7 wine and alcoholic beverage stores, 3 wineries, 2 fruit and honey processing enterprises, 3 restaurants, 2 hotels, and 1 chateau. Using modern technologies that ensure high-quality wine, the main wine factory of the company, in Velistsikhe, receives and processes grapes and makes winemaking material. The company's annual capacity is 10,000 tons of wine material and 20,000 tons of spirit material for brand production.

In 2015, KTW Group opened a new winery in Keda, western Georgia, a mountainous region near the Black Sea, where wine is produced only from endemic and rare Georgian grape varieties. "Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking" is the #1 company in Georgia with a total vineyard area of 1500 ha. Simultaneously, the company is a leader in wine and brand exports. The activities of "Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking" are not limited to winemaking status, the company is actively involved in the hospitality industry, agricultural sector, construction and development, restaurant business, import and distribution of third-party goods locally and throughout Europe.

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"My whole life, it can be said, is connected with grapes and wine. In our family, vine culture and the cult of Georgian wine had a conspicuous place from the beginning. Conceivably, it was this factor that made me decide to make my own contribution to the development of Georgian winemaking. In 2001, when I founded the company "Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking" and I was still a young winemaker, the boundless possibilities, tastes, and aromas of the Georgian grape caused me admiration and excitement, which I felt every time I pressed a new variety of grapes, and it continues directly.

The company "Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking" has gone through a rather interesting and long way, and during this time, the KTW group gained the status of a holding company. I am proud that the KTW Group employs more than 2,500 people who, within the scope of their competence, create the reliable values that "Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking" represents. Our group is focused on quality, on the balance of combining Georgian traditions and modern technologies, first of all, being transparent with our customers, constantly offering them innovations, and preserving the Georgian spirit in each of our products."

Zurab Chkhaidze

Founder of KTW Group

Vision

Let's continue the tradition together! - The goal, which later became the slogan of the KTW Group, fully expresses its main aspirations and values. At the beginning of the activity, the company employed only a few people who were united by the love of vines and wine. A group of people with common values set a specific goal - to create a quality Georgian product saturated with history and combined with modernity.

With this vision, the company has become the country's leading brand in the field of wine and alcoholic beverages, which has won many victories in the international arena. And each award is an additional motivating force to step up to modern challenges and as our company's slogan says - "Let's continue the tradition together".

Our team

Today, KTW Group employs more than 2,500 people who are highly responsible and passionate about their work. A team of professionals creates everyday products and services that can be found in various markets under the name of KTW Group. The management, on the other hand, constantly tries to create a decent working environment for each employee. The company pays special attention to regional projects that give several hundred people the opportunity to join the large team of KTW Group and find their place in the profession.

The vision, knowledge, and accumulated experience of the KTW Group team is directly reflected in the quality of the manufactured products, which is evidenced by the many successes achieved in the local and international markets. This is what determines the high degree of trust that customers and partners have in the holding.

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