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Monday, October 5, 2015

A Georgian winemaker in Milan

05.10.2015 (Hvino News) Georgian winemaker Ramaz Nikoladze is participating in Terra Madre Youth – We Feed The Planet, which, from October 3 to 6 in Milan (Italy), is bringing together all young people involved in the food chain: thousands of farmers, fishers, students, chefs, cheesemakers and activists from around the world.

Italy's La Repubblica writes:
Straddling Europe and Asia, Georgia was one of the first places where the grapevine was domesticated. A historic wine-producing country, it is home not only to dozens of native varieties, but also a fascinating way of preserving wine.
In the village of Nakhshirgele, Ramaz Nikoladze, driven by hope and passion, makes a very special wine from the grapes of his small vineyard. Like his father before him, he produces wine in amphorae, using a vinification technique typical of the country. On his hectare and a half of land, Ramaz, now in his forties, grows two native grape varieties, tsiska and tsolikauri.
Watching him work with his amphorae, called qvevri in the local language, is indeed like watching a kind of magic. The large jars, over a hundred years old, are almost completely buried in the shade of trees, which helps keep the wine’s temperature always around 14°C in the summer, and prevents them from freezing during the winter. For the first month the wine ferments on its lees without the addition of yeasts, and then remains in the amphorae for aging. Having seen how all this takes place so naturally, outdoors, with minimal human intervention, it seems incredible that the end result is so excellent.
“I’ve found great friends in Italy as well,” says Ramaz. “In 2013, with the help of a group of enthusiasts from Romagna, Italy, we even brought some amphorae to Faenza to experiment with using them there, and increase awareness among consumers about natural wines. Now I’ll have a chance to come to Milan and continue along this path that I’ve chosen. It’s not just a case of producing a special wine, but also being open to a world full of incredible people and products.”

Terra Madre Giovani - We Feed the Planet combines good food, dancing and drinks with contextual knowledge, inspiration and education and brings together a unique group of young farmers, food producers and food professionals from all over the world. The four-day program, based on the model of the Slow Food Youth Network Food Academy, will allow the group to connect, be inspired, create solutions and finally share their ideas about feeding the planet in the future on a world Stage at Expo.

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