A western Georgian variety, Chkhaveri is mostly planted near the Black Sea coast in Ajara and especially in Guria, but also in Imereti. Chkhaveri was originally a maghlari wine – a vine trained to grow up trees. This pinkish-violet variety is rather sensitive to site and its methods of cultivation. Alcohol levels are always moderate. Regardless of whether they are still or sparkling, dry or semi-sweet, Chkhaveri wines are vibrant pink, fresh flavours of red berries, cherries, forest fruit and baking spices. The naturally semi-sweet roses, produced anaerobically in tank and intended for early consumption are delightful and refreshing. Produced as a light red in Qvevri, the fruits are more subdued but the spiciness offers lift and complexity.