14th May 2020


This fascinating virtual tasting with Sarah Abbott MW was a deep dive into all things qvevri.  Attendees were sent selected Georgian Qvevri wine in advance of the event so were tasting wines together through the internet ether!  Sarah Abbott MW is deeply passionate about good Qvevri wine so it was a thrilling session.  We explored how ancient clay fermenting vessels (sometimes called amphora) solve a lot of wine-making problems, such as temperature control, healthy fermentation dynamics, cap management, and fining and clarification and tasted how good Qvevri wine-making leads to textured, pure, pristine wines without any oxidative character.

Qvevri have inspired the growth of amphora winemaking throughout the world – so this virtual tasting was a wonderful way to explore and taste wines from the motherland and discuss and compare their merits.


You can view and download the powerpoint presentation from the event here:

The website also has useful information on Georgian wine regions, grape varieties, producers, etc.


Peter Dean - The Buyer
“Thank you so much for a fabulous session, Sarah and Madeleine, and what a brilliant way to taste! Thank you everyone!”
Jess Lamb

“Thanks guys, really interesting and great to see so many of the wines have such an interesting texture and freshness! Look forward to repeating in person at some time soon. Thanks again to the team, really professional and friendly.”

Jim Gore

“Another excellent presentation”.

Maggie Rosen

“Thank you so much for the webinar this morning. It was really insightful and great format for the tasting part- even though it must had been a pain organising it!”

Leona de Pasquale - Head of Training - WineEd

“Just a quick note to thank you both so much for your extraordinary wine masterclasses, I think they are brilliant and feel honoured to take part. Thank you so much.”

Elizabeth Hawthornthwaite - Elizabeth & Wine