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A visit to the Alaverdi Monastery in Georgia

Published October 20th, 2012

A very short visit to the Alaverdi Monastery which dates to the11th century, where winemaking is taking place in both modern and traditional forms. Here is a very short story of that visit.

Alaverdi Monastery

Monastery in Georgia dating back to the 11the century

Alaverdi Ancient Qvervis

Some of the excavated qvervis that are no longer in use. Various sizes.

  • October 11th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 17mm / f/3.5 / 1/30 sec

Qvervi Room at Alaverdi

Attempting to revive the tradition of traditional Qvervi winemaking.

Qvervi of Rkatsiteli - Stems and All

We were shown how they ferment the wine, stems and all. For 6 months.

  • October 11th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 17mm / f/2.8 / 1/60 sec

Qvervi of Rkatsiteli - Punchdown

The punch down lasts for the first month more or less.

  • October 11th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 17mm / f/2.8 / 1/60 sec

Qvervi of Rkatsiteli - Punchdown

Sticky and full of flavor, this wine will be ready to bottle in a year or so, after being given a break at 6 months where the skins and stems are removed.

  • October 11th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 23mm / f/3.2 / 1/60 sec

Alaverdi - Rkatsiteli

The lesson always ends with a taste of the wine. Gripping, fresh and alive. A wine that makes you think, and demands conversation.

  • October 11th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 19mm / f/3.2 / 1/10 sec

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anulia_93
Annie Photography  over 4 years ago

beautiful work, this is really amazing place in Georgia -my Motherland <3

giogiorgi

Iam georgian!

SergeyOsadchy
Sergey Osadchy  almost 5 years ago

Thanks, you are right - I do need to check them out

SergeyOsadchy
Sergey Osadchy  almost 5 years ago

Nice pictures, and the story itself:) I can find various types pf Georgian wine here in Ukraine, but I never seen this Alaverdi Monastery Cellar. I guess it's very limited volume.

ryanopaz
Ryan Opaz  almost 5 years ago

Small production and relatively new production. Great wines though, check them out.