Our Name & The Special Vessel
"Ghvino" (pronounced 'guh-vee-no') is Georgian for wine. Using the Georgian alphabet, the word looks like this: ღვინო. Our logo (ღ) is the 1st letter, pronounced 'guh'.
The Vessel shown here is a Qvevri (pronounced "kway-vree"), a unique, distinctly shaped clay vessel used in Georgia for over 8000 years to make wine. The qvevri is buried in the ground where cool and stable temperature allows fermentation and aging to be carefully managed according to centuries old tried-and-true techniques.
These are our highest rated and most popular vintages. If you're interested in sampling Georgian natural wines, this is a diverse selection for trying wines that are approachable for "novices" as well as those that represent the uniqueness of Georgian varietals and winemaking.
Our Best Saperavi's
The Georgian Saperavi Grape is our most prized varietal and makes a wide range of deep red to opaque purple colors and light, fruity to bold tannic palates.
We're a team of life-long friends who love mountains, travel, adventure and challenges. We're on a mission to explore the world for unique, mountainous winemaking regions and largely undiscovered wines and bring them to the USA. Of course, Cody hasn't been with us throughout our friendship but he represents the 3rd generation of our retriever family.
Chief Executive Officer
Serving a career in the energy industry throughout the world, Chris' assignments included five years in Georgia managing multibillion dollar investments, the most prominent source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the Country. Chris and his wife Laurie recently returned to home base in Alaska. He adores Georgia’s magnificent mountains, fertile valleys, brilliant and diverse climate, people, history and wine making. He retains close ties to Georgian friends, government and business leaders and society.
Chief Operations Officer
Bob knows global business, technology and start-ups. With experience throughout the US and internationally, his career has focused on Business Development, Finance, IT, Logistics and Sales. He has held senior level positions in several prominent Silicon Valley companies and has also lived in Spain and Sweden as an IT and Cybersecurity Consultant. Bob and his wife Stellie reside in Del Mar, California which is also our headquarters of Ghvinos Wine Group LLC.
Food Critic, Sock Collector
Cody knows happy hour and the food part of pairings. He’s our inspiration to be the people he thinks we are.
Here are a few of our Customers and Partners, in their own words, describing our wines and our business
Wine Importer, Wine Business Consultant, Author, Educator, President - Bluestone Wine Solutions LLC
"I was retained by Bob and Chris at Ghvinos Wine Group after they utilized my book "How to Import Wine - An Insider's Guide". Spring-boarding from accomplished careers in multi-billion dollar industries, Bob and Chris have taken a pragmatic approach and have demonstrated excellent business, leadership and entrepreneurial skills in Ghvinos Wine Group. Their passion for Georgia wine combined with attention to detail and diligence in business development places Ghvinos Wine Group on a distinctive path to success.
Principal, Kapitani LLC Wine Select & Consulting (Georgia)
I am Georgian, a career wine industry professional and former Marketing Director for the Georgia National Wine Agency. I deeply appreciate Ghvinos Wine Group's efforts bringing quality Georgian wines to the US market. Georgia has an incredible offer to the US through its wines and very few have yet discovered it. Ghivinos has carefully selected a high quality portfolio which presents Georgian wines representatively and is sure to have consumers not just satisfied, but intrigued and asking to to learn and enjoy more.
CHIEF WINEMAKER - DIRECTOR - OWNER - Georgia & Australia
Lado is a Georgian internationally acclaimed winemaker and his wines are sold and enjoyed throughout the world. Lado states he is "pleased and proud to be associated with Ghvinos Wine Group and to have his wines featured in their portfolio. Bob and Chris are thoughtful and rigorous, bringing distinctive high quality indigenous variety wines from Georgia to the USA."