The story of unique Georgian wine cellar - Marani
19 October, 2017
The story of unique Georgian wine cellar - Marani
Georgian wine cellar (Marani in Georgian) is an agricultural building that has been used for centuries in the country. It is the integral part of ancient winemaking traditions and is very important and valuable place for Georgian people.

Marani is used for keeping wine and protecting alcoholic beverages from potentially harmful external influences, providing darkness, constant low temperature, and proper humidity.

A traditional Georgian Marani features a variety of tools and equipment that have been an integral part of
the ever-existing art of winemaking. One such equipment is “Satsnakheli,” a foot-stumping wine press. Satsnakheli is used for squeezing the harvested grapes with one’s feet.
After all the grapes are crushed and squeezed out, the process of winemaking continues in Kvevri - large earthenware vessel used for the fermentation, storage and ageing of traditional Georgian wine.
Georgian Wine Degustation from Kvevri

Georgian wine cellar, as an architectural object, originated from Georgia’s Kartli-Kakheti kingdom, which was created in 1762 by the unification of two eastern Georgian kingdoms, the Kingdom of Kartli and the Kingdom of Kakheti. In another districts of eastern Georgia, winemaking traditions were so widespread and developed due to the climatic or historical conditions.
The wine cellar is not only wine-processing and storage facility in Georgia but it is the best place for spending good time and having fun with guests. This is the place where hospitable Georgians open Qvevri and offer unique organic Georgian wine to the most cherished guests.
Until traditional Georgian Supra (a feast table filled with various dishes) is being arranged, the guests are offered appetizers, pickle, dried fruit, walnuts etc. That is the very reason why the fireplaces were built in the Marani’s walls. Such kind of wine cellars are still used in many Georgian households for various purposes and rituals such as making wine, arranging supras, friend gatherings, etc.
Traditional Georgian supra in Marani

This multifunctional space in the houses of many locals represents a valuable part of Georgian culture and the winemaking. Marani remains an integral and precious symbol of Georgian folk architecture. Its role is significant in the development of Georgian winemaking culture.

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