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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Georgia is reconstructing ancient wine distillery - with Radisson hotel and wine museum

(Hvino News) Georgia will reconstruct the oldest wine distillery at Alexander Chavchavadze’s house in Tsinandali, Kakheti, in Georgia’s main wine-making region. Alexander Chavchavadze was Georgian classical poet and translator.

Restoration of distillery was developed by US architect John Fotiadis and approved by the Georgian Culture Ministry and Department for Protection of Cultural Heritage. The distillery, cellars, reception halls, administrative rooms will be fully reconstructed. The museum will have a hotel of Radisson Hotel Network with 100 rooms and a roof swimming pool. A 15-meter long underground corridor connecting the hotel with a winery will be built. About $20 million was invested in the project.

The territory includes a park with a chapel where Russian poet and diplomat Alexander Griboyedov married Nina Chavchavadze, daughter of Alexander Chavchavadze. It also has vineyard, wine distillery and a wine collection. The museum has a unique library. Alexander Chavchavadze built wine cellars in 1886 and started his own wine production, building the first Georgian wine distillery. The distillery has been operating ever since.  The cellars hold over 16,000 bottles of wine produced in the late 19th – early 20th centuries. Tourists are welcome to visit the place after opening in autumn.

© Hvino News
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