Tiko Estate

Re-establishing their family’s winemaking roots in Georgia, brothers Levan and Georgi Chychynadze operate and run a small winery in the Kakheti region, Eastern Georgia, about 2 hours from the country's capital, Tbilisi. Kakheti is Georgia’s most significant winemaking region in terms of quality, quantity, and history, with evidence showing that wine has been made here for several thousand years! Along the banks of the Alazani River, the continental climate, and iron-rich soils, provide ideal conditions for quality viticulture.

Established in 2017, in homage to their Mother, they named the estate after her nickname, Tiko. Levan and Georgi, alongside Levan's wife Maria, have ample experience in the wine industry, combined over 40 years, with 50 vintages under their belt, across 4 different continents and 10 countries. Using their international training, modern winemaking technology, and traditional Georgian equipment and techniques, they create quality wines, from native Georgian varieties, which reflect Georgia’s rich winemaking traditions.

Tiko’s Orange Kisi instantly became a team favorite when we tasted it; a traditionally made orange wine, which has been fermented and aged on the skins for up to 6 months, in traditional clay pots known as qvevri. Serious concentration, complexity, amplified aromatics, and depth of flavour going on here. And their Rkatsiteli and Saperavi are knockout examples of these unique indigenous varieties. Tiko is the first Georgian agency Astrum have worked with, we are so excited to be able to represent this incredible country and a quality-orientated, traditional winery such as Tiko!

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"One of Georgia’s rising stars - in my opinion - Levan Chychynadze of Tiko Estate in Kakheti, who has returned home after years of winemaking experience in USA & Australia with his Argentinian wife. Now making an eclectic selection with his brother Giorgi. Loved his Pet-Nat, Rkatsiteli, Orange Kisi & Saperavi 2019 available from Astrum Wine Cellars in the U.K. One of the serious small family artisans now emerging in modern Georgia.. with great plans for the future. Watch this space." Rose Murray Brown MW (September 2022)

(Orange Kisi 2021) "Amber in colour with kumquat, sun-dried apricot and marzipan on the nose, candied orange peel, dried peach and tangerine zest on the palate, supported by muscular but polished tannins, thanks to controlled extraction. Fantastic depth, the lovely dried apricot notes follow to the long finish." 92 points, Sylvia Wu, Decanter (September 2022)

(Saperavi 2018) "Opulent and expressive. This has bright fresh berry fruit and bold notes of herbs, spice and chocolate. With great intensity of fruit, there's also plenty of structural support from oak and acidity, with both power and precision suggesting this has ageing potential as well as drinking well now." 95 points, Gold Medal, IWSC (October 2022)