BEHIND THE SCENES
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Archeologist Mindia Jalabadze shows Jeremy Neolithic era qvevri.
Zaliko Molding Clay
The late night harvest punchdown of the fermenting wine juice in Ramaz's cellar.
Giorgi Natenadze's 400 year old grape vine. (More like a tree).
Wine Cellar during Harvest
Niki Antadze, Kakhetian Winemaker
Building a Winery
JQ Helps Build
Niki's New Winery
The Biggest Hammer
Looking Over Manavi (Kakheti)
Giorgi Barisashvili's Wine Writing
Writing with Saperavi
Giorgi Barisashvili is a professor of wine, and helps consult with over 100 Georgian winemakers. When he writes a book on wine, he uses the "ink" of his saperavi wine.
Writing with Wine
Racha Begins to Ripen
Winemaker Mariam Iosebidze
Jeremy and Mariam look out over Racha. This past year was her first vintage, and she hopes to return to her ancestor's land in Racha to help revitalize the region using non-interventionalist practices.
in the region of Meskheti
Exploring the Vardzia Caves
Entering an ancient qvevri room
Jeremy explores one of the dark caves at Vardzia where they kept qvevri, and aged wine.
Ancient Clay Vessel
A piece of a qvevri found at Vardzia Caves.
A vessel stained red from wine in the Vardzia caves.
Clay Still In Tact
The bottom of the qvevri from thousands of years ago is still in tact, and one is stained red from a red wine.
Giorgi's Glass Dream
Giorgi Natenadze is helping to return Meskheti to its strong history of being known for wine. He dreams of creating a glass bridge to connect a castle to the mountain across.
Ancient Terraces & Artifacts
Giorgi and Jeremy explore the ancient unprotected artifacts.
Bees Bees Bees
When bees like a location, it means the native yeasts are good for winemaking!
Lovers & 3 Men
Studies have shown this used to be a fresh water lake, and the bottom of the sea was heavily populated before the great flood.
Zurab shakes out a few glasses to let us taste a special bottle.
Zurab's Vines in July
We came back to meet with Zurab for a second time to see the changes in his vineyard after a month.
The Wall to the Caves
@ The Black Sea
Three men relax of the large stoned beach.
Jeremy + Tbilisi
The World's Oldest Wine Vessels
These qvevri found in Georgia date back to 6,000BC. (Taken by our newest team member, Johnny Kvezereli).
An Archeological Excavation
Mindia Jalabadze, head archeologist at the site where ancient qvevris were found.
Layers of Human Existence
They excavated down until they reached "virgin earth" where no humans were found living on that soil.
Early Mud-Brick Tower
Shulaveri Archeological Dig
Herds at the Excavation
The excavation is in plain site in the middle of an open field. When the archeologists begin a dig, villagers come and dig for gold at night, which becomes a real problem for the archeologists.
Jeremy & Mindia
Shulaveri archeological site.
Bronze Age Tools & Weapons
Tbilisi at Dusk
A sword in one hand, and a goblet of wine in the other. She protects the city of Tbilisi.
Jeremy & Tbilisi
A walk to visit Mother Georgia.
Iago's winery at Dusk
The Village of Chardakhi.
Ramaz's Wild Vines
Ramaz's Vineyard in Imereti.
Our hostel's street in Kutaisi
Kutaisi, the former capital, now seems a bit sad. Beautiful architecture surrounded by what feels to be a ghost town.
6 Days & Nights of Flame
Behind the rows of qvevri is the kiln room where all the qvevris are fired. The wood behind is used for the non-stop fire that lasts 6 days & nights.
Zaliko, The Qvevri-maker
The world famous qvevri maker. His qvevris are on a 3 year waiting list.
The Bottom of the Qvevri
In Zaliko's workshop filled with qvevri.
Resting on Bricks
As the qvevris are resting, they are only held up by a few small bricks.
Qvevri after qvevri. An amazing place to be.
Ramaz Inspecting Zaliko's Work
If you finish the entire bowl of wine, you can keep the bowl.
Right off the highway in Imereti.
A Supra at Gaioz's
We tagged along with a group of Japanese importers as they visited different wineries in Imereti.
Yasuko and Gaioz
In the cellar at Gaioz's.
Roadside Mushroom Stop
It's always important to pull over for the best mushrooms in the region.
Terry's Dedication to Marani
The outdoor marani (winery) where Gaioz ferments his wines. There is no roof. If there is rain during harvest, it's quite a mess.
Supra at Makaridze Brothers
Lunch Supra @ Makaridze Bros
Andro and Jeremy
Andro walking Jeremy through his vines in Guria.
A busy Sunday market.
Zurab's at dusk
It started to rain, but the light was perfect. I slid down a muddy hill, losing my shoes on the way in order to get this shot.
Like Father Like Son
The next winemaker of Guria...
The song which made Zurab fall in love with Tamuna many years ago.
Supra in Dvabzu
Naziko's Guest house was a blast. We walked into a supra of 20 men, feasted with them, and got some beautiful moments of the tamada!
Andro teaching Jeremy about the 16 native varietals to Guria that he helps preserve.
Jeremy's Afternoon studies
Taking note of our journey, and planning for what's to come...
In Zurab's Terraces
Jeremy and Zurab Topuridze sit amongst his terraces and discuss his winemaking practice and what inspired him to grow wine.
Playing soccer with Ioane.
Tbilisi at Night
Yes, indeed, this was the by-product of a spa night at the Radisson Blu. The perks of shooting on the iPhone6.
Ioane giving Jeremy lessons
Ioane helped us with our Georgian.
At the Bazaar
The Sunday bazaar in Guria.
In the region of Guria.
Guria's Sunday Market
All the small surrounding villages come to the Bazarze (market) in Chokhatauri every Sunday.
Jeremy's first taste of the wine he and Nika made last year.
Reviving an Old Style
A lovely rosé that hasn't been made in decades.
Bottling at Nika's
Bottling in Atenuri with Nika's new vintage.
Horseback in Sighnaghi
An evening ride in Sighnaghi.
Horses at Dusk
A Georgian winery, with clay amphora pots buried underground for fermentation.
Jeremy's picture from Spring 2014.
A Vertical Tasting of Ramaz's wines at Vino Underground in Tbilisi.