One of Azerbaijan’s most popular ranges of premium quality wine.
In the short decade since its founding in 2007, Savalan has become one of Azerbaijan’s most popular and widely distributed ranges of premium quality wine.
The winery conjures up attractive imagery of crystal-clear Caucasian mountain streams watering its sun-bathed vines which cover very considerable areas of rolling terroir south of the foothill city of Gabala. Set at an elevation of some 400m above sea level, these soak up plenty of daytime sunshine allowing for the cultivation of numerous heat-loving grape varieties including red-fleshed Alicante Bouschet. The company’s international winemaking team combine expertise from Italy and Azerbaijan to create a range that includes nearly 20 different wines. Labels are boldly coloured such that regular drinkers can spot their favourite variants in a flash.
Savalan Limited Release – Fortunately not quite as limited in its availability as the name might suggest, this superb dry, ‘reserve’ red is one of Azerbaijan’s best mainstream wines, very deeply coloured and with a maturity that is powerful but not overly oaked. The grape mix is one-third each of Syrah, Grenache and Alicante Bouschet. A prize-winner at the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2015, and named Best Blended Wine at Olympia (London 2014, 2018), it features a distinctive gloss-black label.
Savalan Syrah – With much of the rich, dark character of the Limited Release but at a somewhat lower price, this single cepage wine is matured in large Italian barrels to create a beautifully structured dry red with gently spiced notes of cherry and blackberry. Royal blue label.
Savalan Viognier – Although it’s one of Savalan’s least expensive whites, the Vioginer is also one of their most successful with distinctive floral notes tempered by a balanced acidity and a powerful 14% alcohol content.
The winery offers tours in English and Russian with various permutations according to the number of wines and snacks you would like to sample at the end of the tour. On a clear day, there are glorious mountain views from the site which sits on the edge of a plateau 25km south of Gabala. That’s Azerbaijan’s foremost rural/mountain-resort city and home to another major wine-making complex (vine.az). Gabala’s remarkable choice of luxurious yet affordable accommodation, along with quality dining, is likely to amaze visitors. And for budget travellers, there’s now a hostel close to the base station of the year-round cable-car. In winter, stay for skiing, snowboarding, and skidoo-rides while in summer there’s a fine range of activities including quad-bike rides, shooting, and hiking. Many hotels have excellent swimming pools and spas, and if you head to Yengica it’s possible to take a medicinal bath in heavy petroleum oil – a weird but photogenic experience that’s almost unique (one of only four places in the world). If that has whetted your appetite for unusual treatments, and your budget is flexible enough, you could sign up for an ultra-exclusive medically-supervised detox stay at the achingly stylish Chenot Palace Resort where, as well as massages and dietary-led resets you can enter a cryogenic chamber – subjecting your nearly naked body to a few seconds shock therapy at -104 degrees centigrade. Unforgettable.
Daily, year-round 09:00 — 20:00
- 10, Zarifa Aliyeva str., Gabala city
- savalan.az / winetour.savalan.az
- +99477 338 60 07