Cradle of Wine
Wine yards all along to the infinity, laying under the golden sun, the smell of ripe grapes, Qvevri and the chill newly fermented wine taken directly from qvevri… This is the unique part of Georgian culture. The relationship between the man and vine and the winemaking process has a great history in Georgia. One of the important traditions of our country is hospitality, which can’t be imagined without wine. The vine always had sacral meaning to Georgians, it was the symbol of life and fertility. The vine decorative elements are found widely on facades of different churches.
Our country has a nonstop 8000-year history of winemaking culture. Exactly here are found the oldest wine vessels and grape seeds. That’s exactly why Georgia is called the cradle of wine. It’s worth to mention that the Georgian traditional winemaking way has UNESCO intangible cultural heritage status since 2013. In Georgia are grown 500 different grape sorts, from which are made the best-quality wines. The remarkable sorts of Georgian wine are Saperavi, Rkatsiteli, Kindzmarauli, Titska-Tsolikauri, Khvanchkara, Tvishi, Usakhelauri, Ojaleshi, and others.
If you are willing to take a closer look at Georgian traditions and wine culture, you must attend Rtveli (harvest) in the Kakheti region, where the harvest of the grapes and winemaking process has a big holiday spirit and will fill you up with positive emotions and unforgettable memories.
Rtveli (Georgian: რთველი) normally takes place in late September in eastern Georgia and in mid-October in western Georgia.
the tradition of Rtveli dates back to ancient times, having its roots in the festivity of mid-Autumn abundance and variety. Rtveli usually lasts for several days, with people starting working in early morning hours and ending the day with a feast in the accompaniment of vintage-themed folk songs