Mildiani Family Winery 


Mildiani Family Winery is located in the town of Tsinandali, one of the most renown appellations and possibly the single most recognized historical wine town in Georgia, and the heart of the Kakheti region in the southeastern portion of the country.  Rustic in style and family-owned, Mildiani is an artisanal property capable of producing outstanding wines in quantities sufficient to support consistent export to the U.S. without sacrificing family management at every stage in both the vineyard and winery.  The Mildianis are warm and hardworking people.

After tasting countless wines from many properties across the region, the Mildiani selections stood out as our favorite examples of flavorful, traditional wines of place, reflecting the finest quality at excellent values.

2009 Katsiteli
Estate bottled and and appellation controlled, this is quite possibly the quintessential dry white table wine of Georgia, labeled in Georgia as Tsinandali for its place of origin.  A blend of 80% Rkatsiteli and 20% Mtsvane varietals (the traditional blend for Tsinandali whites), it is an absolute jewel.

The 2006 vintage was named in August 2008 by Paul Gregutt of the Seattle Times (and Wine Enthusiast) as his Pick of the Week and the best white wine value he had seen that year.  It is perfumed with sweet grass, traces of almond and vanilla, and a mix of fruits perhaps reminiscent of an exceptionally concentrated semillon.  Lovers of fresh Pinot Grigios and Sauvignon Blancs will certainly be big fans.  It is an exotic white with wonderful acid balance, making it excellent with foods of many types; in the Kakheti, it is perfectly refreshing with their ever-present wood-grilled pork.  It is also reasonable in alcohol, as are almost all Georgian wines, at 13.8%.




2007 Saperavi
Estate bottled and produced from 100% Saperavi, which is the noble dry red wine grape of the country.  The flesh of the Saperavi is purple, not just the skins as with most red grapes.  It can be made in a variety of styles from semi-sweet to dry, and in this case is definitely the latter - in fact, bone dry.

The dark red color of this Saperavi leads to a nose of spicy, smokey herbs, black pepper and flint.  The flavors are those of tart dark fruits, pomegranate and black pepper. It is an ideal companion to grilled or smoked meats, and affordable enough to be an everyday red with burgers, pasta, and pizza.  Some compare it to lighter-bodied Zinfandel, or even a Sangiovese, and I find it reminiscent of the flinty, peppery, stony-soil Syrahs of the steep hillside northern Rhone producers.  And at 13% alcohol, it will not overwhelm your food or your conversation.



2005 Saperavi Reserve
Estate bottled and produced from 100% Saperavi from the esteemed Mukuzani microzone, in Georgia this wine is labeled as "Mukuzani" and is one of the proudest red wine names in the country.  To be given this controlled appellation designation, the wine must be sourced from the zone and aged in oak for a minimum of 3 years before bottling.

Mildiani Saperavi Reserve is again dark and dry, with pronounced tannins and a step up in concentration and body from the regular Saperavi yet still an uncommon value.  It has a smokey and peppery quality wrapped around dark, tart fruit, and a long finish that in Georgia is traditionally considered velvety.  Those who appreciate rustic Tuscan reds, and the deeper, driest versions of Portuguese and Rioja reds, will likely find another favorite for their list with this dignified wine.  Once again it has an alcohol content of 13%, so is big and bold without being overly alcoholic. 




2005 Kindzmarauli
The natural semi-sweet reds of Georgia can be a real treasure - offering rich and harmonious wines that are traditionally consumed with fruits and desserts, but also make a wonderful companion for salty, savory cheeses and small plates.  Mildiani's Kindzmarauli is produced from 100% Saperavi, grown in the prestigious Kvareli District in the cooler foothills of the Caucasus mountains; longer, slower ripening into the late fall harvest period allows the fruit to develop a lush character.

Deep pomegranate in color, it has a distinct aroma of grapes, cherries, berries, and maybe even a little plum, leading to a rich and velvety wine that is truly just medium-sweet, balanced and quite voluptuous but still with a trace of acid on the finish that keeps it firmly-structured, and much more than a simple dessert wine.  And the 12.5% alcohol makes it easy to indulge in more than one glass.