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The Georgian winemaker making wines so delicious that people have been drinking them for over 8,000 years
- We first crossed paths with David on Ray's discovery trip to Georgia, where Ray was tipped off to the whereabouts of a really special little winery in Chiatura. It's a small city in a deep, crater-like valley, so to reach the winery you have to really off-road it and ditch your car for a cable car.
- It's an ancient winemaking region with reems of history behind it - David's family have been making traditional (and fantastically tasty) Georgian wines since time and memoriam. It's a matter of national identity and pride as so much winemaking knowledge was nearly lost completely after Georgia was annexed in 1922.
- David works using a qvevri. “What’s a qvevri?!” I hear you ask. It’s a huge egg-shaped clay vessel that’s been used for fermenting and ageing traditional Georgian wine for over 8,000 years. His winery was dug out like a swimming pool, and the qvevri were put in place upright with earth filled around them, so they’re buried, with the concrete floor of the winery laid on top. Amazing!
David Chachanidze's Story
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