Winetrailtraveler: “In Search for a Bit of Sakartvelo in America”

"Covered marani is open on the sides. Houses the qvevris, press and tone.", May 02, 2014, Tbilisi, Georgia

American "wine traveler” Terry Sullivan discovered small Georgia (Sakartvelo) in United State, when he reached out Georgian Monastery of St. Davit Agmashenebeli (David the Builder) in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, US.

Here Terry found everything similar what he has seen in the country Georgia, as well as Georgian old winemaking tradition wine is made in clay vessel known as Kvevri.

Turning the left corner at the front of the monastery we spotted a small unearthed qvevri. A short distance away, there was a covered patio that housed the marani. As we walked through the marani, we spotted many of the items we have seen in Georgia. Firewood was stacked along the back close to a tone. We assumed that the monks would make mother’s bread (tonis pure) in the tone. However, this is the United States and next to the Georgian tone there were barbecues. The two together emphasized the old and new world thoughts of food.

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