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Kvevri may become a UNESCO World Heritage

2011-11-09 15:49

Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Georgia has launched a new initiative. According to "Georgia-News", they offer to make traditional Georgian pitcher - Kvevri - a part of World Heritage of UNESCO. Georgian Ministry of Culture recalled that Kvevri - is a pitcher, which has long been used in all wine-producing, fermentation and wine storage regions of the Caucasus. Kvevri with wine inside use to be closed with a lid, which later is covered by the earth or clay, and then is buried in the ground. Kvevri differs from an amphora by the fact that it has no handles.

Kvevri can reach two meters in height, it can take several hundred liters of wine. The premises, where the Kvevris with wine are being stored - wine cellars - are called "Marani".

"Now we are working hard to make "Kvevri" enter the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. We cannot say when this procedure is completed, our ministry is working on this issue", added in the press service of the Ministry of Culture.

In September this year, Georgian Ministry of Culture has initiated the first international symposium on the history of Georgian wine, bottled in "Kvevri."

The guests of the special exhibition, presented at the symposium, could see unique artifacts from ancient times - VIII-VI centuries BC, which were used for making wine.

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