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Autumn ritual in Samegrelo – Distilling Georgian Chacha
16 October, 2017
Tradition of distilling Chacha (Georgian vodka) has existed for centuries in Georgia similarly to the old winemaking culture.

Production of vodka is directly related to viticulture and winemaking in Georgia since  it is considered the  cradle of wine.

As a rule, the distillation ritual takes place  in autumnduring the harvest season.

If you travel throughout Georgia’s regions during the cold and rainy days of autumn, you will definitely notice Georgian peasants distilling Chacha in their yards. Almost all families have their own homemade Chacha and if you happen to meet locals, they will definitely offer either Chacha or wine.

The traditions of distilling vodka varyfrom place to place.. In the lowlands of Georgia vodka is mostly distilled from the fruits and the skins, stalks, and pips (seeds) that remain after making wine , while in the highlands strong Georgian vodka is  distilled from the crops.

The image depicts famous Georgian artist Rezo Adamia distilling vodka with his own hands. The cozy yard full of autumn colors inspired the artist to paint the process of distilling Chacha and reflect the whole beauty of it. The photo is taken in Samegrelo, a historic province in western Georgia.



Photo courtesy of Giorgi Nikolava
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