Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Wine Explorers: "Let's discover the wine world!" The wine truck is in Georgia

02.05.2018 (Hvino News) In January 2014 Jean Baptiste Ancelot decided to quit his job in a big wine company in France and embark on a crazy adventure to travel the whole planet of wine, to discover new terroirs, to bring to light emerging countries, to meet atypical winegrowers and taste extraordinary wines.

With his camper van he has traveled 69 countries and on 18th of April Wine Explorer’s van camped on 70th country – Georgia. Two Frenchmen Jean-Batiste and a very talented photographer Brice Garcin started their 14-day journey in Georgia discovering unique terroirs and grape varieties of Imereti and Samegrelo regions. They filmed qvevri making process in village Tkemlovana, Chiatura district and finished the adventure in Kakheti – Georgia's wine "kingdom". Wine explorers' spotlight in Georgia was to discover qvevri-making process, and making wine in qvevri according to Georgian  traditional methods.

“Visiting Georgia has always been my dream and there is this utmost happiness in me now that my dream has come true and I am here seeing how 8 thousand year old tradition of winemaking can still be alive,” - says Jean Baptiste.

“It was truly a challenge for me to put together a wine tour in Georgia showing all our treasures with a very limited time as shooting the film is very time-consuming. Wine Explorers tour in Georgia was super intense work-wise and emotionally. Sometimes I could see on their faces the astonishment and excitement, when there are no words to express the feeling, thoughts as  there are no wines you can compare to, no grape varieties you can try and find similarities and tradition so hard to believe,” - said  Salome Khardzeishvili, Wine Explorers local guide in Georgia.

Wine Explorers project finishes in October this year, and we will soon be hearing about Wine Explorers' book and documentary film – an incredible adventure that no one has ever dared to do! Official website: http://www.wine-explorers.net/en

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