The monument to Khvanchkara wine is located in one of Ambrolauri’s town squares.
Khvanchkara is one of the most famous Georgian PDOs - Protected Designations of Origin. This velvety dessert wine is made of Aleksandrouli and Mujuretuli grape varieties, grown in a small microzone around Khvanchkara village. This assemblage was created in the end of the 19th century by the local noblemen Luarsab and Dimitri Kipiani and was initially called “Sakipiano Wine”.
In 1907, the wine merchants Nestor Tsereteli and Varlam Papuashvili sent the wine made in Kipianis’ estate to the wine expo in Belgium, and it was awarded the Grand Prix.
Once the Soviet regime industrialized the wine production, they renamed the wine after the village where the best Aleksandrouli and Mujuretuli grew, in order to wipe Kipiani from people’s memory.
Today, there are a number of wineries operating in and around Ambrolauri and producing the famous wine under Khvanchkara name.