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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Georgian qvevri displayed at UN in Geneva

01.03.2016 (Hvino News). The United Nations now has a traditional Georgian wine making vessel on display outside its building in Geneva. The qvevri was unveiled today, at a small ceremony attended by Michael Moller, UN director general, and the foreign ministers of Georgia and Lithuania.

The large clay pot, which has been used for winemaking in the Caucasian country for thousands of years, was placed in the courtyard of the UN offices to mark the organisation’s 70th anniversary (read more: Georgia to present United Nations with a qvevri).

Qvevri was made in the Georgian village of Makatubani  Map  and contains Georgian and English inscriptions – ‘Georgia – საქართველო.’

The building in Geneva is the UN’s second largest, after the New York office. More than 100,000 people visit every year, and the qvevri will be placed in an area which is included in the information tours for visitors, which means that it will be seen by many of the visitors, not only official delegations.

Art critic Tamar Amashukeli told DF Watch that the exhibition at the UN in Geneva will contribute to popularize Georgian cultural heritage and the country in general. It will also contribute to the Georgian wine business, and wine produced the traditional way in qvevri. She said it is important to have more Georgian objects recognized by UNESCO. “There are currently only three Georgian objects on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list, which are Mtskheta, the monuments in Kutaisi – Gelati and Bagrati – and Zemo Svaneti.

The method of making wine in qvevri was listed among intangible cultural heritage in 2013, recognizing its uniqueness.

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