Georgia is considered to be the cradle of winemaking. In 1965, in the Shulaveri Valley (Marneuli), archaeological excavations witnessed evidence that in Georgia, a gods live drink was made 7000-8000 years BC. Spend this day in Kakheti, try the live wines of this fertile region.
Perhaps you will doubt, arguing that archaeological excavations that found ancient traces of winemaking were in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan… Yes, but the antiquity of Georgian bones and the perfection of their species are recognized by the international scientific community, which agreed with the fact that in Georgia the cultivation of grapes and the preparation of a gods drink was practiced 7000-8000 years BC.
To the place will quote the American professor Mark Govern, who wrote in the catalog of the exhibition of the Georgian national treasury in 1999: “Georgia is the homeland of wine. According to the data of the late Stone Age, the Neolithic culture originating in Georgia was firmly established in the economic and cultural life of mankind. ”
According to legend, St. Nino, who baptized the Georgians by bringing Christianity to the country, entered Georgia holding a cross from a vine, which was fastened by her own hair. From this moment, the vine became a symbol of Orthodoxy for Georgians. And nowadays in the territory of Kakheti – in the region of wine-making the Saint Nino monastery operates, where the saint is buried. This place is also valuable for its pacifying views, from where the entire Alazani Valley can be seen.
The vine is always mentioned in Georgian fairy tales, legends and songs. In the 9th century, even the Academy operated in Georgia, which had a wine-making department in its composition. In the 12th century, it was in this academy that the great Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli studied.
For centuries wine-making was the basis of Georgian agriculture. At this stage in Georgia there are about 500 names of grapevine.
You are interested? We suggest you spend a day in the region of winemaking – in Kakheti. You will have the opportunity to taste wines, learn many more facts about winemaking and about Georgian traditions. This is a good opportunity to appreciate the bright and always warm Georgian flavor…