GEORGIAN WINE DAY
October 4 was Georgian Wine Day. This new celebration was marked by an event held at the Alaverdi Monastery Complex (Georgian: ალავერდის მონასტერი) in Kakheti region, in eastern Georgia.
Many archaeologists believe Georgia to be the source of the world’s first cultivated grapevines and wine production over 8,000 years ago.
Alaverdi Monastery is a Georgian Orthodox monastery located near Telavi in the Alazani-River valley in Kakheti region. Founded by the Assyrian monk Joseph Alaverdeli, the monastery dates to the 6th century but the present day cathedral replaces a smaller church and was built in the 11th century by Kvirike III of Kakheti.
Georgian Wine Day will be celebrated annually on October 4.
Photos courtesy of the Prime Minister’s Administration.