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Celebrating 8000 years of GEORGIAN wine culture
OCTOBER 27-29, 2019 - Boston-Cambridge, MAssachusetts

GHVINO FORUM 2019 | ღვინო

 
 
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CELEBRATING GEORGIAN WINE

ABOUT GHVINO FORUM

The Ghvino Forum was initiated in 2018 by the America Georgia Business Council to advance the understanding of the origin of vine and wine culture, and to explore the intersection of wine, society, and geopolitics in Georgia and beyond.

Another objective was to demonstrate that Georgia not only has the oldest wine history, but it also has a very dynamic wine industry with a great diversity of native grape varietals and different wine-making techniques, including the traditional qvevri method of natural wine-making.


 
 

“GHVINO”

Is the Georgian word for wine and is widely thought to be the origin of the word “Wine”.

 
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Schedule of Events

SECOND ANNUAL GHVINO FORUM

October 27: Saperavi and Qvevri Wine Festival

Legal Sea Foods Park Square

26 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

2:00 PM-5:00 PM

buy tickets @ Eventbrite


October 28: Conference/Qvevri Symposium

Harvard Faculty Club

20 Quincy street, Cambridge , MA O2138

9:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Register for free on Eventbrite




October 29: Trade Tasting & Seminar

City Winery Boston

80 Beverly Street, Boston, MA 02114

11 AM - 12 PM - Seminar

12 PM - 3 PM - Tasting

Please RSVP to winefrey@gmail.com


Event Details:

 
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oct 27: Saperavi and Qvevri Wine Festival

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oct 28: Conference/Qvevri Symposium

 
 

october 29: Trade Tasting & Seminar

 
 

Conference Agenda

 

Geography, History, Economy and Politics of Wine in Georgia and Beyond

 
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Organised by

 
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Supported and Co-Organized by

 
 
 
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Wine is, and always has been, our identity.
— David Lordkipanidze-Director of the Georgian National Museum
 
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GEORGIA: THE ORIGIN OF WINE

ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE

In November 2017, the National Academy of Sciences released a report, Early Neolithic Wine of Georgia in the South Caucasus. Authored by Patrick McGovern and other prominent scientists, this report documents the research project conducted by an international team of scientists which confirmed the beginnings of viticulture and winemaking can be traced to around 6000 B.C., in Georgia.

 
Image courtesy of: Early Neolithic Wine of Georgia in the South Caucasus

Image courtesy of: Early Neolithic Wine of Georgia in the South Caucasus

Previous evidence suggested that the earliest signs of winemaking dated to around 5400 – 5000 B.C. in Iran, but this latest project re-examined sites in Georgia at Shulaveris Gora and Gadachrili Gora, 50km south of Tbilisi, using new techniques, and found wine residues from the interiors of eight large jars from the early Neolithic sites. The project was undertaken by scientists from the US, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Israel and Georgia and fully funded by the Government of Georgia.

Using the most up-to-date technology, the team was able to establish the fingerprint compound for grape and wine (tartaric acid) and three associated organic acids (malic, succinic and citric), demonstrating that the Eurasian grapevine (Vitis vinifera) was present in what is now Georgia, in early Neolithic times, and growing in ideal conditions. The team also found that the quantity of wine the jars could hold – upwards of 300 liters each – suggests that the grapevine had been domesticated and was being cloned and transported using horticultural techniques.

These results not only set the dates for the earliest production of wine, but perhaps most significantly, just how important wine was in the social setting of the earliest periods of human sedentary village life and that it has remained much so to this day.“

Early Neolithic Wine of Georgia in the South Caucasus is published online at Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences at the United States of America (PNAS).

The earliest biomolecular archaeological and archaeobotanical evidence for grape wine and viniculture from the Near East, ca. 6,000–5,800 BC during the early Neolithic Period, was obtained by applying state-of-the-art archaeological, archaeobotanical, climatic, and chemical methods to newly excavated materials from two sites in Georgia in the South Caucasus. Wine is central to civilization as we know it in the West. As a medicine, social lubricant, mind-altering substance, and highly valued commodity, wine became the focus of religious cults, pharmacopeias, cuisines, economies, and society in the ancient Near East. This wine culture subsequently spread around the globe. Viniculture illustrates human ingenuity in developing horticultural and winemaking techniques, such as domestication, propagation, selection of desirable traits, wine presses, suitable containers and closures, and so on.

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These results not only set the dates for the earliest production of wine, but perhaps most significantly, just how important wine was in the social setting of the earliest periods of human sedentary village life and that it has remained much so to this day.
— Early Neolithic wine of Georgia in the South Caucasus - PNAS
 
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EVENT CONTACTS

 

EVENT

Irine Asatiani
+ 1 202 423 1054
americageorgiabusiness@gmail.com
www.agbdc.com

TRADE Seminar & Tasting

Erika Frey

winefrey@gmail.com

+1 508 308 1355

Wines of Georgia

Julie Peterson
jpeterson@marqenergie.com
+ 1 202 499 4262

www.winesgeorgia.com

Media office

Christine Deussen
cdeussen@deussenglobal.com
+ 1 917 545 1459
www.winesgeorgia.com


 
 

AMERICA–GEORGIA BUSINESS COUNCIL (AGBC)

Established in 1998, the AGBC promotes trade and investment between North America and Georgia by helping companies forge successful, bilateral business partnerships. The AGBC relies on a deep understanding of the Georgian political and business landscape, direct access to high-level government officials and agencies, and diverse business contacts to deliver value and maximize opportunities for our members.