In once Soviet Georgia, an 8,000-year-old wine tradition returns

"Potter Remi Kbilashvili makes qvevris, or clay pots used in Georgian wine making, in his backyard workshop on April 9, 2015. Wine planning under the Soviet Union sidelined this 8,000-year-old tradition, but now the qvevri is at the forefront of a back-to-the-roots wine revolution in Georgia."- Daniella Cheslow McClatchy
“Potter Remi Kbilashvili makes qvevris, or clay pots used in Georgian wine making, in his backyard workshop on April 9, 2015. Wine planning under the Soviet Union sidelined this 8,000-year-old tradition, but now the qvevri is at the forefront of a back-to-the-roots wine revolution in Georgia.”- Daniella Cheslow

Long before stainless steel and oak barrels, Georgians used giant clay pots, called qvevri, to ferment and age wine. The practice is now seeing a revival throughout Georgia with excellent results. It takes about three months for an artisan like Remi Kbilashvili to craft a new qvevri.

Kbilashvili’s craft is a living totem to Georgia’s 8,000-year-old wine-making heritage; in 2013, UNESCO, the United Nation’s education organization, recognized the qvevri as an element of “intangible cultural heritage of humanity.”

Read the rest of this fascinating article by Daniella Cheslow for McClatchy DC.

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