IRAKLI II, THE KING OF KARTLI-KAKHETI
The history of PALAVANI wines starts from the beginning of XVIII century. In 1743 Irakli II, the king of Kartl-Kakheti, abolished Aragvi duchy and prince Bejan Eristavi was settled in Kistauri village. He has revived the devastated village and since 1780 his wine cellars have become popular in Kakheti.
The descendant of Bejan Eristavi, famous writer Rafael Eristavi, was often visited by Akaki Tsereteli, Ilia Chavchavadze, Marie Brose, Vazha Pshavela, Arnold Zisserman and many other outstanding people.
THE EMPEROR OF RUSSIA ALEXANDER III
In 1888 the Emperor of Russia Alexander III visited the famous wine cellar. It is known that after this journey to Georgia Alexander III has finally rejected foreign wines and has drunk only Georgian and Crimean wines.
After the sovietization the house, wine cellar and vineyards of Eristavi family were transferred to the state ownership. Wine demand has been steadily increasing so the production was expanded and in 1954 a new big winery was launched in Kistauri.
After Gorbachev's anti-alcohol campaign the winery stopped working for some time, but in 1995 it was acquired and renewed by world famous Georgian judoist Anzor Kibrotsashvili. Nowadays the long history of the legendary winery continues in the same place in Kistauri.
Constant search and aspiration to the novelties is an integral part of the development and progress of the PALAVANI since its foundation until today.
Today PALAVANI owns 120 ha of private vineyards in various regions of Georgia, including unique microzones such as Mukuzani, Kindzmarauli and Tsinandali.
The company is equipped with machines of such world famous companies as Della Toffola, Krones, Cavagninno & Gatti and Seitz Enzinger Noll. The capacity of the bottling line is 2500 bottles per hour. Our own laboratory, certified according to international standards, carries out all the necessary tests. Highly qualified enologists with many years of experience carry out personal control and bear personal responsibility for the quality of the product.
The main winemaker of PALAVANI, Irakli Naneishvili, is a hereditary winemaker and is included in the TOP-10 in Georgia. As a result of the aspiration to innovation and high quality of products, PALAVANI wines have repeatedly received awards at international awards.