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Rtveli – Time for grape harvest in Georgia
03 October, 2016
Apart from winemaking tradition which is almost 8000 years old, Georgia also has a special celebration or ritual that is dedicated to winemaking and generally harvesting crops that is called Rtveli.  In this country, tending to vineries, harvesting grapes and making wine is a tradition as old as the country itself. For centuries, it was passed from one generation to another. Harvesting grapes (rtveli), as a rule, begins in autumn, by the end of September, and lasts for several weeks. Naturally, the time of harvest also depends on the grape’s variety and weather. Since the largest amounts of vineyards are located in Georgia’s eastern Kakheti region, rtveli has a special meaning for locals. After the grapes are harvested they are pressed in wooden basin called satsnakheli, however some use modern technology and special machines. Families and friends make Georgian barbecues (mtsvadi) and celebrate the end of work day with small supra (Georgian feast table).

Photo courtesy of Amo Kinkladze

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