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Was 6,000 B.C. a good vintage? Maybe Georgia – Harvard Gazette

Was 6000 BC a good year for wine? Probably, but at this point only Georgia seems to know for sure.

Currently, Italy, Spain, France and the United States world’s largest wine producer, but Georgia is the oldest and most historic country.the earliest evidence of winemaking there Dating back 8000 yearsand Mamuka Tsereteli, senior fellow at the Central Asia and Caucasus Institute of the American Foreign Policy Council and president of the American-Georgian Business Council, said wine has been an important part of Georgian history ever since. He said he had taken over.

Tsereteli, an adjunct professor at the American University and a longtime proponent of Georgian wine, will discuss the geography, geology, history and cultural context of the country’s wines across Europe and Asia on Thursday as part of a series of opening ceremonies. talked about For the new program on Georgian Studies at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

“Georgian winemaking is deeply rooted in the spiritual and social life, in the legends and traditions of an ancient country. This is where Qvevri’s winemaking tradition, a unique varietal character, evolves into contemporary winemaking elegance.”

A kuberis is an egg-shaped ceramic vessel still used today in traditional Georgian winemaking to make and store wine. Organic residues of early Neolithic wines were discovered by an international group of scientists at his two sites in Georgia in fragments of containers shaped like cuberis. reported their findings 2017.

Mamuka Tsereteli shared the history and cultural background of Georgian wine.Cat Green/Davis Center

Tsereteli’s speech was followed by a question and answer session on the political and economic importance of Georgian wine by Stephen Jones, Director of the Georgian Studies Program. “Wine plays an important role in Georgia’s economy…and is an important part of international trade and partnerships with other states,” he said afterwards.

Wine is one of Georgia’s leading exports, with the country sending a record 107 million bottles to 62 countries in 2021, one million of which to the United States. according to government figures.

“Georgian wine is fundamental to understanding the origins of Georgian identity and cultural production, and is an element of Georgia’s soft power in today’s world,” said Jones. has gained worldwide recognition over the past decade and is a factor in Georgia’s global recognition.In other words, wine is not just about alcohol content, it’s about big money, identity and international relations. Thing. “

The lecture and discussion concluded with a tasting of Georgian wines: Dilao Saperavi, Dilao Rkatsiteli-Mtsvane, and Teliani Tsolikouri. Davis Fellows, students, faculty, and visitors interacted with wine expert, Georgian filmmaker, and Georgian chess legend Nana Alexandria.

The new Davis Center Program will advance scholarship on Georgia and the South Caucasus by promoting research, supporting students, and hosting a variety of academic and cultural events, including academic conferences, lectures, film screenings, and panels The purpose is that.

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