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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

World Bank to enhance Georgia’s unique qvevri wine-making method

21.07.2015.The World Bank has spent 2.3 million GEL ($1, 017,700) to enhance Georgia’s ancient Qvevri wine-making methods by establishing a Qvevri House (also called sometimes as Qvevri Workshop) in the eastern part of the country.

The Qvevri House facilities are being set up in the small village of Ikalto, about 110 km from the capital Tbilisi, with 5,500 m2 allocated to house a museum, an internet cafe, a cultural center equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, and a workshop where visitors can learn ancient wine-making methods.

The initiative, which is supported by the World Bank’s Regional Development Project for Georgia, fosters development of a tourism-based economy and cultural heritage circuits of the Kakheti region.

"Apart from restoring the country’s ancient wine-making tradition, the Qvevri House sub-project will further develop the region’s historic, cultural, educational, recreational and touristic potential. The facility will also aid the local economy and offer employment opportunities to local residents,"  Ahmed Eiweida, the World Bank Program Leader for the South Caucasus, said.

The construction of the Qvevri House building began a month ago (read more at Qvevri House will revitalise Kakheti and save ancient winemaking methods. Several senior local government officials and World Bank representatives attended the official laying of the foundation. Construction of the entire site is expected to be completed by September 2016.

The Qvevri House is being implemented by the Municipal Development Fund of Georgia under the umbrellas of the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, and financed by the World Bank Group.

The centuries-old unique Georgian technique of wine-making is still used all over Georgia, although most often in the eastern region of Kakheti, and was approved by UNESCO in 2013 for inclusion in its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Source (edited)

    Georgian Wine Catalogue      
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