Welcome to the first ever in the UK
Traditional Georgian Qvevri Museum & WinerY
About Henry's Marani
Welcome to the first ever in the UK marani museum which includes the wine tasting hall Henry’s Marani. Marani is an elegant yet somewhat unusual Georgian word meaning “wine cellar”.
It was precisely in Georgia that the wine culture was born some 8,000 years ago. The Georgians started making wine in what was later established as a traditional way of wine making – in Qvevri, a cone-shaped clay vessel buried in the ground.
In 2013 the UNESCO enlisted the wine fermenting technology in Qvevri as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
As is the way in life, societies and civilisations have developed, changed and seen many dramatic changes over the 8 millennia; however, the Georgian nation has nurtured with love their wine making tradition and preserved it for posterity.
You can now experience this tradition of wine making in its original form at the wine department of Plumpton College in Sussex.
It is doubly pleasing to know that the marani in Plumpton College is already up and running. You will be able to find out about various historical samples of Georgian wines as well as taste wines matured in Qvevri, orange wine along with English sparkling wine to name but a few. We also keep wines which we specially chose and brought directly from Georgia for you.
We are happy to host you at any weekend of your choice. Just let us know a convenient date and time. We can arrange transfers from London for groups of 10 or more.
We are pleased to invite you to a private visits, guided wine tours and wine tastings.
Georgian wine tours
OUR PREMIER VINTAGE
Henry’s Marani first vintage of qvevri wine. Grapes sourced from Puglia, Southern Italy. Wine made by Giorgi Barisashvili (CV available upon request) at Henry’s Marani, Plumpton College. This was an experimentation in making Qvevri wine using widely available artisan varieties.
A light, straw coloured wine, boasting sweet and gentle white fruits with a crisp and balanced palate.
No skin contact.
An amber coloured wine boasting sweet and gentle white fruits with a full body and hints of cherry and gs.
15 days skin contact.
A deep red colour, this full bodied wine boasts blackcurrant and plum tones.
10 days skin contact.
A light, cherry coloured wine boasting oral tones with a smooth and light body.
8 days skin contact.