Is Georgia the birthplace of wine? – it will be known in December when the US National Space Agency (NASA) will draw definitive conclusions. David Magradze, the head of the Viticulture Department of the National Wine Agency told CBW.
According to him, the project, which is aimed at the scientific evidence of Georgia’s status as the wine country, is being carried out successfully. Magradze notes that there is a promising direction of the research, the results will be made public in December.
He explains that the first samples sent to the NASA lab showed that the so-called tartaric acid remains were discovered in one from several samples. Tartaric acid is a marker of the European grape wine. In Magradze’s words, the other party of the samples has been sent and the lab survey will be completed in December.
He explains that Georgia’s recognition as birthplace of wine is a significant event that will increase interest in the Georgian wine.
“In 2014, when the project began, it was said that its main goal was to present culture of wine in Georgia. This will contribute to the popularization of Georgian vine and wine. When people say that wine, which is the world’s number one product, has roots in Georgia, it will have a positive effect. This fact will increase interest in Georgian wines,” Magradze notes.
In January 2014 Director of the National Wine Agency Levan Davitashvili told Commersant that the government intended to implement a new project to scientifically prove that Georgia is the cradle of wine.
He said that the project was scientific in nature and aimed to scientifically determine the origin of Georgian vine and its identification in order a dispute about Georgia as the motherland of wine to be argumentative, and relevant scientific evidence “should be put on the table”.
In his words, the industry ‘s leading scientists (geneticists, DNA – researchers, archaeologists) from Germany, France and other countries participated in the program.
“We have fragmented entries. However, they are not recognized by leading scientists and the work should be carried out. We are convinced that we are a wine country, but it must be proved scientifically”, Mr Davitashvli noted.