Friends works in conjunction with Nelkarisi Winery. In 2009, Friends was founded as an endeavor of companions from 11 countries around the world, united in their appreciation for Georgian wine.
Nelkarisi Winery preserves the authentic winegrowing traditions of Georgia, and Ikano teams up with international winemakers and foreign wines to produce exquisite blends.
Friends owns vineyards that were planted in 2001, with about 4,000 plants per hectare, yielding about 7,000 kg per hectare each vintage.
During harvest, the delicate grapes are carefully handpicked using a selective method. Only 7-8 kg capacity small, wooden baskets are used for transportation to the winery.
Village Shilda, Kvareli Municipality, Region Kakheti, Georgia
Friends rests in the Alazani River Valley between the Caucasus Mountains and the Gombori range. The vineyards are in the Kindzmarauli micro-zone, between the Alazani and Durudji Rivers in Kakheti. Because of the black soil from the river Durudji, the temperature is about three to five degrees higher than nearby areas; thus, the grapes have 23-28% sugar.