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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

President of Georgia working in his vineyard

18.06.2012 (Hvino News) President Mikheil Saakashvili today was working at his vineyard in Kvareli, Kakheti region, where he sprayed chemicals and carried out other winemaker's work together with his neighbors. Kakheti's governor Giorgi Gviniashvili also joined the president.

"I hope that this year we will have rtveli (harvest) like never before... New markets for our products have opened up, and domestic demand increased due to growing inflow of tourists... "- said Saakashvili.

The president used new devices and chemicals in his vineyard. He said many new technologies became available to simplify farmer's work and raise productivity. He said that in the past the agricultural chemicals were imported from China, and their low quality affected harvest. Locals said this year they bought chemicals from Spain and were expecting better harvest this autumn.

President of Georgia is known for his interest in wine-making. In 2011 president Mikheil Saakashvili bought a vineyard in Kakheti region, Eastern Georgia. The vineyard ​(half hectare area) costed about 20,000 USD. The vineyard has two varieties - Saperavi and Rkatsiteli. Construction of a private house next to vineyard costed about 28,000 USD. The house has three rooms, a cellar with two qvevris (large clay amphoras for wine fermentation, buried in the ground) and a satsnaheli (a special wooden container of grape pomace). The president often uses his vineyard house to host foreign visitors.

© Hvino News

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