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First Ever 3D Printed Qvevri – Improved Structure with Traditional Elements

Georgian started producing wine in Qvevri 8000 years ago. Despite market demands, primitive technology of making  Qvevris hasn’t changed, there are no enough experienced builders and it became hard to find a good one.

David Mizandari, Creative Director of Bank of Georgia Nika Gujejiani and photographer Giorgi Mamasakhlisi found out technology to build 3D  Qvevri. They met ceramics specialist and 3D print specialist in the Netherlands, cooperating with him and Gita, created Qvevri prototype.

QVEVRI.XYZ authors shared their experience to Marketer:

The clay is not standardized in Georgia, the quality of the Qvevri wine depends on the composition of the clay, it determines firing curve, speed of heating and cooling, etc.

We went to Shrosha and asked one of the Qvevri builder, how long would he take to make 500 liters Qvevri. He said by the end of August, he had a lot of other orders. They have one building for that, they set the fire and withot anu control or considering standards, that’s why it’s cracked since the beginning. That causes wine dripping out of the dish.
As usual, making Qvevri by clay takes approximately 1 month, depends  on the size. It needs several hours by 3D printer, 1 week of drying and 24 hours of firing in automatized oven – strictly controlling process and temperature. As a result, Qvevri is more solid.  
Qvevri should be available for everyone who wants to produce wine that way. Our segment is people who make 500 liters to 1 ton wine a year. We want buying it to be as simple as any product. Besides, we will give instructions to our customers, how to install it correctly.

Currently project is at prototyping stage.