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Discover ancient wine traditions at Georgian masterclasses in Budapest

Wine traditions dating back thousands of years will be revealed at two masterclasses in Georgian viticulture being given in Budapest on two consecutive Saturdays this September. Experts will be presenting the demonstrations in English, allowing participants to sample four wines.

The masterclasses are being presented by Enotourist Hungary, an organisation which shares information about wine around the world. Overseen by international wine expert, Gvantsa Sekhniashvili, it is currently focusing on varieties from her native Georgia.

“The event aims to be a starting point for the exploration of Georgian wines in Hungary,” says Mrs Sekhniashvili.

Georgian wine production dates back as far as the sixth millennium BC, and is traditionally made in qvevri, egg-shaped clay vessels that naturally ferment the wines. “This traditional way of making wine is unique,” says Mrs Sekhniashvili. “In 2013 it was added to the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List.”

Participants in the masterclass will learn about qvevri technology, as well as winemaking history, indigenous grape varieties and the wine regions of Georgia. Tastings of four wines made in qvevri are included, along with snacks of cheese, cornbread, Kakhetian oil and other Georgian treats.

Tickets for the event are selling quickly. Enotourist Hungary hopes to host more masterclasses in the future – stay tuned to its Facebook page.

WHAT: Wine masterclass

WHEN: 21 & 28 September, 6-8.30pm

WHERE: VinoPiano Wine Bar; District IX. Tűzoltó utca 22

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