Friday, August 11, 2017

"Wine Enthusiast" on Georgia and orgins of winemaking

11.08.2017 (Hvino News). Leading American magazine Wine Enthusiast in a recent article is asking the question: Where Does Wine Really Come From? The author Dylan Garrett says that "Europe was relatively late to the game when it comes to winemaking, and the original inventors of our favorite fermented beverage are staging a comeback".

At a recent event hosted by Smithsonian Associates in Washington winemakers and wine historians examined who could in fact claim to be the original creators of wine. "While it’s hard to pinpoint where the first fermented grape beverage was made, researchers traced the origins of domesticated grapes to an area around the headwaters of the Tigris River in Turkey", - reads the article.

Dylan Garrett further highlights ancient Georgian, Armenian, and Lebanese wine traditions:

"Saperavi, for example, is a source of national pride in Georgia. It’s one of the few teinturier grapes—meaning its flesh and skin are both red—used in single-varietal production. It accounts for the vast majority of the nation’s red-wine production, but is rarely seen outside the area other than isolated plantings around New York’s Finger Lakes region.

Rkatsiteli, an acidic white variety, was the most widely planted winegrape in the Soviet Union until 1985, when Mikhail Gorbachev began incentivizing farmers to uproot their vineyards in a nationwide effort to curb alcoholism. According to Vouillamoz, DNA analysis shows Rkatsiteli is one of the closest cultivated grapes to the original wild varieties found by he and McGovern. No genetic “parent” grape has yet been discovered by researchers. Rkatsiteli is so ingrained in the region’s culture that local religious lore contends it was the first vine planted by Noah after the biblical flood".

"In Armenia, high-elevation vines yield fascinating bottlings from local varieties like Voskehat, known as “the Queen of Armenian grapes".... Area winemakers are also trying to drum up foreign interest in local red varieties like Sireni.

The author concludes: "Are casual wine drinkers ready to try something different? If the rise of interest in natural wines and offbeat winemaking techniques are any indication, maybe you’ll soon see Georgia and Lebanon featured as prominently as Bordeaux on wine lists". Full text can be found here.

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1 comment:

  1. Whenever I read articles concerning Armenia and history, I get really annoyed with inaccurate assessments regarding the Armenian nation and her surrounding states. Wine making (and also beer) came out of the Armenian culture and spread from there accordingly. Every other nation making claims is as meaningless as picking a random nation on the earth and ascribing wine making tradition to it. In history, what is today Lebanon, and the southern parts of modern day Georgia, were part of the Armenian nation at her greatest extent, ranging from the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. No other people in existence today, can make this claim other than Armenians.

    Now other people live on Armenia's ancient lands, it does not mean what continued on those lands which the Armenians brought and left, that such modern concepts of these nations had, for example, "ancient wine making traditions". Thus, "Georgia" which was invented for the first time in history in the 1920s, is NOT nor CONNECTED to viticulture. That is strictly Armenia, which Georgia is trying to appropriate from Armenia, just the same as how the newcomer Turks and Azeris are trying to claim large parts of Armenian culture and history. In the case of the so-caled "Azeris" they are nearly a 100% imitation of Armenian culture and history, because unlike the Turks who can claim many centuries of history in Asia Minor, the Azeri-Turks never existed in history not only as a nation, but neither as a people as well. Azeris in Iran have about a three century existence but that's about it. Yet the artificial nation of Turkish "Azerbaijan" uses its oil revenues to attack and appropriate Armenia's culture and history constantly. This is merely a Turkish trait. Same, although not as bad, with Georgians. For some reason, Georgian pseudo-history has western backers for some reason. Where Turks and Azeris pay and bribe their way to stealing Armenian history, it seems in the case of Georgia it is based more on ignorance.


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