KARTLI WINE FESTIVAL 2013

We attended the “Kartli Wine Festival” in the city of Gori (Georgian: გორი) in Shida Kartli region in eastern Georgia. The event aimed to promote and popularize Kartli wine. Visitors had an opportunity to speak to local wine producers, taste the wines, browse stalls displaying local crafts and also enjoy traditional music and a barbecue.

Kartli Wine Festival 2013 in Gori

The festival was held in Tseretesli Street, which is overlooked by the 13th century Gori Fortress.

Gori Fortress Overlooking the Kartli Wine Festival

Tseretesli Street is one of the renovated areas of Gori and its beautiful buildings had been decorated with flags and bunting to celebrate the festival.

Flags on a Balcony at the Kartli Wine Festival

Traditional carpets were also displayed by residents.

Traditional Carpet Displayed at the Kartli Wine Festival

Shida Kartli region produces many notable European style wines, including high-quality sparkling wines, and the festival was an opportunity to promote these.

Tasting Wine at the Kartli Wine Festival in Gori

White wines include Chinuri, Goruli Mtsvane and Budeshuri. Notable reds include Tavkveri, Shavkapito and Saperavi.

Wine Producers at the Kartli Wine Festival in Gori

Visitors Sample Wine at the Kartli Wine Festival in Gori

The President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili and the U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland attended the festival and spoke to the local wine producers and sampled wines.

The President of Georgia and the US Ambassador at the Kartli Wine Festival 2013

The festival included displays of wine-making materials, including traditional wineskins, wine jugs and drinking horns.

Wineskin and other Winemaking Materials at the Kartli Wine Festival

Objects Associated with Wine-making at the Kartli Wine Festival

Visitors were entertained by traditional Georgian music and singing.

Singers at the Kartli Wine Festival

In addition to the wine stalls, Tseretesli Street was filled with stalls offering locally produced crafts and artwork.

Craftwork and Art at the Kartli Wine Festival

Paintings at the Kartli Wine Festival

Sliverwork at the Kartli Wine Festival

A barbecue area was kept very busy!

Barbecue at the Kartli Wine Festival in Gori

Barbecue Area at the Kartli Wine Festival

Sunshine, wine, traditional song, barbecue and the wonderful hospitality of the citizens of Gori made the Kartli Wine Festival a perfect day!

Visitors Sampling the Wines at the Kartli Wine Festival

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