Orgo: Premium Artisanal Wines from Georgia

Giorgi (Gogi) Dakishivili is one of Georgia’s pioneering modern-artisanal winemakers.  He’s best known today for his own label, Orgo, made using traditional techniques, including fermenting in qvevri (large, buried clay vessels).  These wines are some of the most highly sought after Georgian wines. He also makes the wines with his son Temur at the family winery (Dakishivili Vineyards) in Telavi.

Gogi is a graduate in enology from the Lomonosov Institute in Odessa and also studied enology at UC Davis.  In addition to Orgo and Dakishivili Vineyards, he has been head winemaker at Schuchmann Wines since 2008, and he previously made the wines at Teliani Valley, which we recently reviewed. His wines have attracted the attention of connoisseurs and sommeliers.

The International Wine Review has launched a major initiative to acquaint its readers with the wines of Georgia, as well as the country’s varied, rich cuisine.  The pandemic has caused us to postpone travel to Georgia, but we are conducting regular tastings here in Washington DC in anticipation of preparing an in-depth report on Georgia in 2021.  See our recent articles on Teliani Valley and Georgian Wine.

Gogi and Temur Dakishivili

The Georgian Wine House imports Orgo wines to the US.

Wine Reviews and Ratings  

Orgo 2019 Dila-O Kakheti ($16) 91  Pale amber. The Dila-O is a 50-50 blend of Rkatsiteli and Msvanne fermented on the skins in quevri for one month with wild yeast and partial malo after which it’s racked to stainless steel. Light gold in color it offers a perfumed nose of tropical fruit with hints of herbs, melon, and almond. It displays bright acidity, minerality and dry tannins.

Orgo 2019 Rkatsiteli Katherine Kakheti ($23) 93   This 100% Rkatsiteli is sourced from 50-year old vineyards and is fermented and aged on the skins in Georgian qvevri.  Dark gold in color, it offers a honeyed nose with scents of cognac and orange zest.  It is creamy and lush on the attack with orange peel, nuts, and dried stone fruit flavors.  It’s nicely structured with firm, dry tannins and a lingering finish.  An elegant wine of exceptional value.

Orgo 2019 Mtsvane Kakheti ($22) 90  The Mtsvane displays a medium dark gold color and has a spicy meaty nose. It is fruit forward and offers a lovely mouthfeel with light flavors of dried orchard and stone fruit and herbs. Sourced from 50-year-old vines, it is co-planted and co-fermented with Rkatsiteli and spends six months in qveri.

Orgo 2019 Dila-O 2019 Saperavi Kakheti ($17) 90 This Saperavi is a fresh and chewy wine. It’s made by fermenting one month in qvevri with native yeast and then racked to stainless steel tanks where it finishes malo. It displays a vibrant bouquet and generous flavors of dark red berries with herbal notes on a mouth filling palate.

Orgo 2018 Saperavi Kakheti ($30) 92   This is a magnificent Saperavi sourced from 80-year-old vines.  It displays a dark red hue with hints of smoke and plum on the nose.  It’s full on a silky smooth palate with earth and herbal notes and abundant  fresh dark red plum and berry fruit.  Fermented and matured 6 months in qvevri.

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