NASA study on age of wine making in Georgia
We have used NASA studies to provide this information and the facts about Georgia’s rich history of wine making. The Director of Viticulture Department in the National Wine Agency of Georgia is currently David Magradze, who has provided the following data for this publication: research on the historical aspect of the issue was somewhat delayed. According to preliminary data, they will be known no earlier than by the end of 2016, although it was initially planned to complete the research in the late 2015. The aim of the project is accurate and reasonable definition of the status of Georgia as the birthplace of winemaking. Given that this project is a research and requires a significant amount of analysis, the project deadlines have been justifiably extended. This will make sure that the final result is as accurate as possible, and it will be thoroughly investigated prior to publication.
Magradze states that Laboratory and Research Center of the NASA study has already received first results of the research. According to the presented data, grape remains were found containing acids which are common to all the European samples. The samples were divided into two parts, the second part of qvevri wine is also sent for studies that are supposed to be finished in December. This fact will be extremely important for the history and cultural heritage of Georgia, since it should raise the level of interest in Georgia as a country where wine originated.
Start of this research dates back to 2014, when the Government of Georgia has opened this project. More information at this time is presented by NASA, who has been researching the given samples.
Other scientific establishments are also involved in this study of the wine from Georgia:
- Pennsylvania State University;
- University of Montpellier;
- the University of Milan in Italy
Levan Davitashvili stated that they have no doubt that the country of Georgia is the actual birthplace of wine since ancient world. However, to announce this fact officially around the world there it has to be confirmed by leading scientists.
The project activists, including David Lordkipanidze, who is the director of the Georgian National Museum in Tbilisi, says that the establishment of this fact is not the primary objective. Much more important is to find out what made people choose to grow grapes, find out more about Georgian wine history, what were the origins of wine, how this culture has spread all over the world, as well as how to relate the first wild grapes with the modern varieties we have today.