Georgia: The Deputy Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture, Yuri Nozadze, attended the opening ceremony of the international scientific conference “World Viticulture and Winemaking: History, Modernity and Perspectives of Sustainable Development”.
The conference was organized by the faculties of agricultural sciences and biosystems engineering, business technologies and sustainable mountain development of the Technical University of Georgia, as well as “Iter Vit Georgia” and the scientific and educational centre of viticulture and winemaking, and was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the university’s founding.
“Viticulture and winemaking is the leading branch of Georgia. International Scientific Conference “World Viticulture-Winemaking: History, Modernity and Perspectives of Sustainable Development” is important for the purpose of sharing experience in the field of world viticulture and winemaking, establishing new contacts and deepening international relations in the scientific direction, which will contribute to the popularization of Georgian wine and wine culture and eno gastronomic culture”, said Yuri Nozadze.
The conference was attended by representatives of the National Wine Agency, the Scientific Research Center, the Academy of Agricultural Sciences of Georgia, as well as Italy, Spain and Israel.
At the end of the event, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between the universities of Georgia and Israel in order to implement joint educational and research projects in viticulture and winemaking.
Georgia is the country where winemaking has been practised for at least 8000 years, and it is considered the oldest winemaking country in the world. It has five main regions for viticulture, namely Adjara, Imereti, Kakheti, Kartli, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti. However, the main region is Kakheti, where 70 % of the grapes are grown.