It’s wine time!
Autumn in Georgia means two things – wine and chacha making. Chacha is a vodka-like drink that I made last autumn, as I was actually in the UK during wine harvest last year.
Despite feeling a little under-the-weather, I was excited to join Shota and his friends to harvest wine in Kaspi, a town in central Georgia, about an hour away from Tbilisi.
We woke early, and it was bloody cold.
I love seeing the land in Georgia. Especially areas that look completely uninhabited by people. During the summer, Georgia looked like the Middle East. With dry rolling hills and straw fields. I like seeing the transition now as the rain brings some vitality back to the earth.
Speaking of earth, we drove past a village called Armazi which has a pretty interesting history of pre-Christian/Pagan sacrifices apparently.
Considering how cold it was, we started with some chacha shots. I struggle to drink anything before a cup of tea in the morning, so distracted myself with the local roog friends instead.
Yes, I was too chicken to climb the ladder, but being 5’11” I embraced my inner giraffe and helped quite a bit.
While the men worked, I went exploring.
By the time all grapes were collected, everyone was suitably sticky, sweet and ready for wine.
… But first, squeezing!
It’s on my bucket list to jump in a squeeze grapes by stomping on them, but that wasn’t such an appetising thought considering how cold it was!
Despite some very old-fashioned equipment, it looked promising and already tasted good!
The guys prepared a barbecue for mtsvadi, as usual, while I went exploring some more. This time I found rabbits, pumpkins and persimmon!
Have you ever been to a wine harvest? I’d love to hear about it!