What is Kvevri?

Kvevri is a large earthenware vessel used for the fermentation, storage and ageing of traditional Georgian wine.

The prototype of Kvevris was created in territory of Georgia, during the Neolithic. An ancient wine vessel found on Mt. Khrami and believed to date back to the VI-V millennia B.C. was decorated with bunches of grapes.

From the III century B.C. onwards, the bottom of the Kvevris became progressively more pinched in Georgia, so that they could bear the weight of the earth around them. Presumably, the practice of burying Kvevris up to their necks began in this period. 

In 2013, the traditional Georgian qvevri (kvevri) wine-making method was recognised by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Watch UNESCO video about Georgian Kvevri.

Source: UNESCO