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Brazil produces new stamp “Georgia Cradle of Wine” to mark 100th anniversary of Democratic Republic of Georgia
09 May, 2018
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the Democratic Republic of Georgia. In relation to this important occasion, many interesting events are planned to mark this great holiday which has a historic importance for the whole country.

To mark the 100th Anniversary of the foundation of the first Democratic Republic of Georgia, the post
of Brazil issued a commemorative postage stamp "Georgia-cradle of wine," depicting Georgian Qvevri (traditional earthenware vessels used for the fermentation, storage and ageing of Georgian wine).

The stamp depicts the Georgian qvevri and reads "Georgia is the cradle of wine”.
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The stamp depicts the Georgian qvevri and reads "Georgia is the cradle of wine”

According to the Georgian Foreign Ministry, the stamp will raise people’s awareness about Georgia in Brazil and other Latin-American countries.

As reported by the representatives of Georgian Foreign Ministry, the Georgian Embassy in Brazil played quite a huge role in producing the stamp.
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For Georgian people qvevri means more than just a clay pot used for wine storage

For Georgian people qvevri means more than just a clay pot used for wine storage. It is a symbol of how proud the Georgians are of being the oldest winemaking nation in the world.

Resembling large, egg-shaped amphorae without handles, they are either buried below ground or set into the floors of large wine cellars. Kvevris vary in size: volumes range from 20 litres to around 10,000; 800 is typical.
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It is a symbol of how proud the Georgians are of being the oldest winemaking country in the world

Archaeological excavations in the southern Georgian region of Kvemo Kartli (notably at Dangreuli Gora, Gadachrili Gora and in the village of Imiri) uncovered evidence of grape pips and kvevris dating back to the 6th millennium B.C. This historic evidence once again proves that Georgia truly is the oldest winemaking country and the cradle of wine.
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Qvevri wine

Qvevri and the tradition of wine-making in qvevri was inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Georgia registry in 2011. In 2013, UNESCO added the traditional Georgian method of making wine in qvevri to its list of intangible cultural heritage.
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UNESCO added the traditional Georgian method of making wine in kvevris to its list of intangible cultural heritage

The villages of Atsana in Guria; Makatubani, Shrosha, Tq'emlovana and Chkhiroula in Imereti; and Vardisubani in Kakheti are notable for their qvevri-making tradition in Georgia.
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Georgian qvevri in the United Nations office yard in Geneva

Artisan families passed down the technique of this ancient handicraft from generation to generation. The clay used to manufacture qvevri must be carefully chosen, as its features determine the wine's mineral content.

It is worth mentioning that in 2016 Georgian qvevri was placed in the courtyard of the UN Office in Geneva in order to mark the UN 70th anniversary.

The Georgian Government presented the UN Office at Geneva with a qvevri, included in the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list, for marking the 70th anniversary of the UN foundation.

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Georgian clay pot Kvevri to be installed in the UN office yard
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