Kvevri has become intangible cultural heritage of Sakartvelo
Minister for Culture and Heritage Protection of Georgia Nikoloz Rurua signed a decree according to which the Georgian traditional jug of wine - Kvevri - was granted the status of intangible cultural heritage. As reported by the GHN, in the decree of the Minister was stated that the unique pottery for storing wine and brandy - Kvevri - was assigned the appropriate status. The decree recalled that Kvevri was used in winemaking in the Caucasus since ancient times.
The decree of the Minister on the status of Kvevri is already in force.
In early November, Georgian Ministry of Culture and Heritage Protection has offered to include Kvevri into the World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
"At this stage we are working hard to include "Kvevri" into UNESCO World Heritage Site. We can not say when this procedure is completed, the Ministry is working on this issue", explained in the press service of the Ministry of Culture.
Kvevri is the pitchers, which have been long used in all wine-producing regions of the Caucasus for fermentation and wine storage. Kvevri with wine was closed with a lid, covered by the earth or clay, and then buried in the ground. Kvevri differs from an amphora by the fact that it has no handles.
Kvevri's height can reach two meters, it can hold several hundred liters of wine. The premises where the Kvevri with wine are stored - wine cellars - are called "Marani".