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Rehabilitation of historic village of wine

By Messenger Staff
Tuesday, June 7
The Government of Georgia announced the rehabilitation of the Chachkari village and its historic terraced vineyards in the Meskheti mountainous area in the country’s southwest.

The National Cultural Heritage Agency, the TBC Foundation and Kartuli Sakhli Union initiated rehabilitation of Chachkari.

The village is located on the both embankments of the river Mtkvari and is an centre of the cultural landscape.

Chachkari's winepresses carved into the stone produced large numbers of wine. Alongside the damaged terraces and more than 50 winepresses carved into the stone, vineyards which are four centuries old are also preserved.

“Our duty is to preserve and take a good care of our cultural heritage, and increase global awareness of our unique culture,” Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated during the presentation of the unique historic-cultural monument.

"Several days ago, the Minister of Agriculture and I visited Bordeaux, where the Museum of Wine Civilization was established. The President of France noted in his speech that Georgia is the cradle of wine civilization. This is the greatest accomplishment. Mayor of Bordeaux Allain Juppe also reasserted that this is a widely recognized fact. We are proud of seeing the 4-level winepress," Kvirikashvili said, and thanked representative of TBC Group Mamuka Khazaradze, representative of "Kartuli Sakhli" Gia Abuladze and "Geographic".

The PM said the Government planned to implement a number of similar projects.

“Many projects are currently being developed, for example the Racha development project, which is on territory adjacent to Shaori, as well as a large-scale project in Tusheti that carries great strategic and cultural importance. These are not mere wishes - these are specific plans that we are implementing comprehensively and we count on great support from the private sector,” Kvirikashvili stated.