Pheasants Tears was born out of a love of authentic tradition, and culture and endless creativity. It is more than a winery, it’s about songs, cuisine, art, heritage, tangible and intangible. For wine is born out of a confluence of the spirit of a place, its geology, its history, and the emotions of the vitner himself. In the end, a dialogue between nature and man, a fine tension between respect for the past and creating a new experience for tomorrow. Traditions here are seen as the nourishing soul for improvisation and respectful evolution.
Gela Patalashvili jointly owns this project with John Wurdeman and some European investors. The idea behind the project is to revive traditional Georgian wine culture which had effectively disappeared under Soviet occupation. Georgia or the Transcaucasus lays claim to the birth of modern wine civilisation (8,000 years of tradition). Pheasant’s Tears and like-minded growers are rediscovering ancient indigenous grape varieties – Georgia has around 540 and counting, working with traditional farming and winemaking implements and using the famous qvevri; massive clay eggs which are buried in the earth