Saperavi Red Wine Variety In Australia

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Saperavi is a red wine grape variety that is a native of Georgia in the former Soviet Union and was the most popular grape variety planted in many of the wine producing republics in the former Soviet Union.

The characteristic of the grapes of this exciting variety is the dark pink flesh and very dark skins, hence wines made from this variety are deeply coloured, in fact the name of the variety means 'dyer' in Russian. Another notable characteristic of wines made from this variety is the high acid levels which makes it suitable for blending.

As you might expect, the variety is also capable of surviving extremely cold winters, hence it has attracted the attention of winegrowers in high altitude locations and inland regions.

There are reports of the wine having great aging potential.

A few Australian wineries are now using the variety, and while it is still early days, some encouraging wines have been produced.

Australian wineries using Saperavi

Anderson Winery Rutherglen |
This page recently updated to include new wineries listed in
James Halliday's Wine Companion 2014
Ballandeen Estate Granite Belt | Blue Metal Vineyard Southern Highlands | Boyntons Feathertop Alpine Valleys | Cirami Estate Riverland | Clovely Estate South Burnett | Domain Day Barossa Valley | G Pattriti & Co McLaren Vale | Gapsted Alpine Valleys | Hawkers Gate McLaren Vale | Hugh Hamilton McLaren Vale | King River Estate King Valley | Massena Wines Barossa Valley | Oak Works Riverland | Ridgemill Estate Granite Belt | Rookery Wines Kangaroo Island | Symphonia King Valley | Ten Miles East Adelaide Hills | Two Hands Barossa Valley

Saperavi wines and food

Wines made from Saperavi can be paired with a variety of foods. The strong flavour and texture suggests that it would be suitable with game dishes or hearty winter fare.

A reader has asked Which grape nursery released Australia's first Saperavi?

See my answer and discussion (you can join in if you like) here.

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