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Traditional Winemaking Republic of Georgia

January 19 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

January 19, 2017 at 12:00pm
Western Colorado Community College
Building B Room 171

Archeologists have found evidence that wine was made 8,000 years ago in Georgia from Vitis vinifera, suggesting that region as the origin for wine grapes grown throughout the world today. The traditional Georgian winemaking method uses qvevri: huge clay vessels buried in the ground for fermentation, ageing, and storage of wine. The process is that of minimal intervention; nothing added, nothing taken away. The recent international buzz surrounding “natural wine” and “orange wine” is focused on Georgia, an exotic country with the magnificent High Caucasus Mountains as its backdrop.

Sandra Mark, PhD, a retired geologist, grows grapes and makes wine with her husband on their small farm near Hotchkiss, Colorado. In October 2017 she traveled to northeastern Turkey to visit the village where her mother was born. She continued east, crossed the border to Gurjistan (Georgia) and explored the ancient wine culture in that beautiful country.


January 19
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Western Colorado Community College


2508 Blichman Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81505 United States
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