New life for historic terraced vineyards in southern Georgia

4 Jun 2016 - 17:27

  • Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili today planted several unique species of Meskhetian vine on the newly restored terraces. Photo by PM's press office
Agenda.ge, 4 Jun 2016 - 17:27, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia is restoring its historic terraced vineyards in the Meskheti mountainous area in the country’s southwest.

Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili today planted several unique species of Meskhetian vine on the newly restored terraces.

Photo by PM's press office.

"It’s very difficult to describe the feeling I’m experiencing right now,” Kvirikashvili said as he planted the grape vine.
"It’s a huge initiative. I’m very happy that this monument of cultural heritage that had been forgotten for centuries has been restored.”

Ancient Meskheti was formerly the home of stonewall terraces meant for vineyards and orchards. The area was famous for its unique grapes that made one of the best wines in the country.

The restoration of Meskhetian terraces began a short time ago and covered 23 hectares of land. This was a joint project of the state and private sector and aimed to bring the ancient Meskhetian wine-making tradition back to life.

Seventeen rare species of vine will be planted on the terraces as part of the half a million GEL project.

Photo by PM's press office.

While in southern Georgia, PM Kvirikashvili also visited Chachkari village and announced the rehabilitation of the historic settlement.

The village was famous for its important location, unique landscape and number of cultural monuments.

"It’s our duty to preserve and take care of our cultural heritage and let the world know about them,” Kvirikashvili said.
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