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    Georgia - country located at juncture of Europe and Asia. Since very long the interest towards the country was great. Some of the reasons were its rich culture, traditions, history and the fact that name Georgia is associated to "wine". The wine history counts thousand years in Georgia. Vine was the inseparable for Georgian people and they often identify vine as "Georgia", their motherland.

    Wine producing was the only revenue for peasants during years. Many different stories and writings tell us and describe how Georgian peasants were looking after vine and their vineyards, how much love they put in their work. For Georgians vine is like child. Looking after their vineyards is compared to child caring in many different stories and poems. If you ask peasant about the meaning of vineyard, many of them will tell you, that it's his child or even an attorney.

     

    For centuries different conquers have been trying to destroy the culture of vine in the country and annihilate the whole nation this way, but if you look through the Alazani Valley vineyards are situated over hundreds of hectares proudly. We can mention here that fact, that during the reign of Shah-Abas Georgians had to pay wine as contribution to Iran. This drink was known as the paradise liquid in Iran. The love of vine had increased by the fact when Saint Nino, the enlighten of Georgians entered the country handling the cross made of the vine and she christened Georgians by this vine cross. This fact made stronger connection between Christianity and wine culture. And the vine cross has become the symbol of Christian faith in Georgian people. Long since the first toast on Georgian's dinner is to God. With divine drink they bless and thank God for the favour and mercy.

     

    Since olden times Georgians had exceptional shaped and sized original wine vessels for drinking, among them the most original is horn. It is made from aurochs' horn. Georgians use it as an exceptional "glass" usually on holiday feasts.

    Besides this, a great interest of foreigners is attracted by Georgian Qvevri - a big vessel made from clay. It is used for wine-making. Georgians use it for fermenting and aging wine. After keeping grape juice in Qvevri, wine-makers bury Qvevri in the ground. This wine making method is used even today in this country. Wine made using Qvevri


    Georgian wine and food

    deserves high evaluation and rating from wine makers and experts in this field.

    Today different types of wine vessels discovered after archeological dig are kept in Georgian museums.

    French traveler Sharden, who visited Georgia in 17th century, describes that he had never tasted wine like Georgian and had never seen such huge amounts of wine unless this country.

    Some linguists assume that the word ''wine'' is derived from the Georgian word ''ghvino''.