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Viticulture Géorgienne

Georgia, often celebrated as the cradle of viticulture, harbors a winemaking tradition that dates back over 8,000 years. This ancestral heritage, deeply rooted in the national culture, unveils a fascinating history that has endured the test of time. At Samepho, we invite you to explore with us the deep roots of Georgian viticulture and to discover the centuries-old traditions that make Georgian wine a unique experience.

A Journey Through Time: The History of Georgian Wine

The earliest evidence of winemaking in Georgia was discovered in the region of Kakheti, where archaeologists unearthed wine residues dating back to 6000 BCE. This discovery, the oldest of its kind, attests that Georgians were among the first winemakers in history. These ancestors perfected the art of winemaking, developing unique methods that have been passed down from generation to generation.

The Traditional Methods: The Secret Behind Every Drop

At the heart of Georgian winemaking tradition lies the qvevri, a large clay jar used for fermenting, storing, and aging wine. Buried underground to maintain a constant temperature, the qvevri imparts distinctive qualities and an unmatched taste to the wine. This winemaking method, inscribed on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, symbolizes the harmony between man, land, and wine.

Indigenous Grape Varieties: A National Treasure

Georgia takes pride in its incredible diversity of indigenous grape varieties, boasting over 500 unique strains. Saperavi, famous for its deep color and intense aromas, and Rkatsiteli, known for its freshness and complexity, are just a few examples of the country's viticultural wealth. These grapes, cultivated in Georgia's fertile soils and favorable climate, form the foundation of the unique wines we offer at Samepho.

The Georgian Wine Experience: Beyond Taste

Wine tasting in Georgia is much more than a gustatory experience; it's a cultural journey. The tradition of "Supra," a Georgian feast guided by the "Tamada" (master of ceremonies), provides an opportunity to savor the richness of Georgian wine while discovering local customs. At Samepho, we are passionate about passing on these traditions through every bottle of wine we offer.

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