Grape genealogy suggests this red grape is a transitional variety between a cultivated and a wild vine. Grown throughout the Imereti region of western Georgia, Otskhanuri Sapere ripens in mid to late October. Like Saperavi, this is a teinturier grape, producing wines with a deep, opaque ruby color. In their youth, the wines are grippy and structured with high tannins and acidity. Exhibiting flavors of forest fruits, red berries, and herbs, these wines have great aging potential. Otskhanuri Sapere is considered Imereti’s best red grape variety, with great potential as winemakers develop a deeper understanding of the grape’s nuances.