Under the brand Meysari (the company’s main location), Shirvan Wines is one of Azerbaijan’s newest winemakers and the country’s first to be classified an organic producer by EU certification. Their first 40 hectares of vineyard were only planted in 2014, with the first harvest in 2015, but the signs since then have been very promising. Already the area under vine has grown to some 160 hectares, the brand-new processing unit uses top-quality French equipment made by Pera-Pellenc and a museum, restaurant and guesthouse have been built to facilitate wine tours.
Complete with the amazing Abgora restaurant which offers local food tasting and masterclasses, the attractive Meysari winery complex is a short drive west of Shamakhi, making it an easy stop if you’re heading from Baku towards Ismayilli, Gabala or Sheki. For now, tours include tasting organic wines, made from a curious mélange of French grape varieties, but the range will expand and change once newly planted vineyards of Caucasian seedlings come to maturity.