Baia’s wine is a small family winery in the village of Obcha, western Georgia. Baia and her family have been growing grapes and producing wine for over three generations and they are proud to share their wine with the world as wine has always been a big tradition for the family. Baia is in her mid twenties and since 2015 she has been producing natural wines; including Tsitska Tsolikouri and Krakhuna. Baia’s sister Gvantsa is also a succesful winemaker in her own right, creating a beautiful natural sparkling wine.
All of the wine is made using grapes only grown on their own vineyards in Obcha and all are aged in the family wine cellar. Three generations of the family work on the vineyard to deliver traditional and natural Georgian wine. In 2019, Baia was named in the Forbes’ 30 under 30.
The village of Obcha boasts a unique micro-climate for growing the grapes that are used to make Baia’s wines. Obcha is located east of the Sairme mountains, which receives a slightly higher angle of the sun’s rays with a greater solar intensity. At 324 meters above sea level, the land offers an ideal location for growing premium wine grapes. The perfect balance of geography, micro-climate and well-drained soil come together to create the perfect environment for Bais’s exquisitely handcrafted wines. The heavy cold air that collects between the high peaks during the night drains off the heights, much like water, joining cold moist air, creating a double cooling effect. The cool nighttime temperatures are critical in developing high quality grapes. The alluvial soil, with clay, gravel, sand and limestone have another significant influence on wine quality. The limestone offers good drainage in the wet years, retaining much-needed moisture in the dry vintages, while adding various mineral elements to the soils, which transfer to the gorgeous grapes.