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About an hour and a half from Tbilisi is the Ateni area of Shida Kartli. It is an awesome landscape of both steep and rolling hills and lush river valleys and the epicenter of winemaking in the region. In ancient times, Shida Kartli produced the wine drunk by Georgia’s kings.
Here, pioneering vintner Andro Barnovi and his friends have established an organic wine collective at their vineyard in Tsedisi, a village covered in grape vines. Every family in this village is a winemaker.
Culinary Backstreets and the Georgian Federation of Artisan Wine Cellars would like to invite you for an exclusive gathering at the Tsedisi Central Cellar to taste their local wine and learn about the process of traditional kvevri winemaking – a method using large clay vessels to ferment the wine that Georgians have been practicing for thousands of years. We will also visit a neighboring marani (wine cellar) for a tasting and later, under the grapes ripening on the vines, we will enjoy a classic village feast of salads and mtsvadi – pork roasted over natural coals.
Price includes transportation, wine and food.
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