Georgian wines and winemaking have a rich and ancient history that dates back several thousand years. Winemaking in Georgia is considered one of the oldest in the world, and local traditions and methods of wine production have existed for over 8,000 years.
Here are some key features of Georgian wines and winemaking:
Georgia is considered one of the oldest wine regions in the world. Local winemakers use traditional methods such as qvevri (large clay barrels buried in the ground) to produce and store wine. This method has a long history and contributes to the creation of unique taste qualities.
Many grape varieties are grown in Georgia, including Saperavi (red), Rkatsiteli (white), Kisi (white), Mtsvane (white) and others. Saperavi is probably the most famous Georgian variety, creating red wines with rich color and vibrant flavors.
Traditional production methods include long-term skinning, where the grapes go into production with the skins on, which gives the wine special aromatic and flavor characteristics. Methods for producing orange wines and wines with natural turbidity are also common.
In Georgia, wine plays an important role in culture and tradition. Family wineries (maranis) are often passed down from generation to generation, preserving unique methods and recipes.
Georgian toasts and toastmaster
Georgians celebrate events by drinking wine, and the toastmaster, or toastmaster, plays a key role in this process. The toastmaster raises toasts, and each toast is accompanied by a special congratulation or wish.
Georgian wines are often distinguished by their originality, variety and high quality, which attracts the attention of wine connoisseurs from all over the world.