The main objectives of the symposium are to educate the Georgian public and international community about the ancient traditions and methods of qvevri winemaking; the unique nature of the qvevri as a vessel for wine; how qvevri are made and the danger of losing the art; the history of winemaking in Georgia;
the variety of grapes, micro regions, and wines in Georgia.
On September 6 the event will be officially opened at the Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia. Opening will be attended by officials from ministries of culture, agriculture, economy. Simon Janashia Museum, formerly known as the State Museum of History of Georgia, is one of the main history museums in Tbilisi, which displays the country’s principal archaeological findings. The Qvevri Wine Symposium will continue at the premises of Alaverdi Monastery in Georgia's Kakheti region.
Among the invited guests are both foreign and Georgian scientists, winemakers, enologists, sommeliers, wine journalists, tour operators, journalists, specialists in the fields of wine tourism and marketing, as well as qvevri enthusiasts from around the world. Special guests include Lisa Granik MW; Michael Engelmann, Master Sommelier; Robert Joseph, British wine writer and founder of Wine International; British wine critic Charles Metcalfe, co-founder of International Wine Challenge.
The first Qvevri Wine Symposium was held in September 2011, supported by the U.S. government's Economic Prosperity Initiative (EPI), a four-year project aimed to improve the competitiveness of Georgian economy. The Second Symposium followed in June, 2013.
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