Ikano works in conjunction with Friend’s Cellar and Nelkarisi Winery. In 2009, Friend’s Cellar 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.
Emphasizing the beauty of international winemaking, Ikano has four delightful blends that work in sophisticated settings or a family barbecue. The founders of Ikano are young, and ready for Georgian wines to break out of museums, art galleries, and private collections…and into your home! They proclaim that wine does not need a complex code of ethics, arcane etiquette, or set of ludicrous rules, nor does it align with a certain type of family tree, nationality, or language.
Ikano’s vineyards were planted in 2001, with about 4,000 plants per hectare, yielding about 7,000 kg per hectare each vintage. During harvesting the delicate grapes are carefully handpicked using a selective method. Only 7-8 kg capacity small, wooden baskets are used for the transportation to the winery.
IKANO RED – Dry Red. Saperavi, Cabernet blend
IKANO GREEN – Semi Sweet White. Tsolikouri, Sauvignon Blanc blend
IKANO YELLOW – Dry White. Rkatsiteli, Chardonnay blend
IKANO BLUE – Semi Sweet Red. Saperavi, Merlot blend
Village Shilda, Kvareli Municipality, Region Kakheti, Georgia
The vineyards are located 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.
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