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The Origins of Wine Civilization: From Ancient Vines to Modern Expressions Grand Tasting

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Code: 1W0004
The ancient technique of making wine in buried qvevri (egg-shaped earthenware vessels) dates to the 6th century B.C., Georgia (UNESCO)

The Grand Tasting offers opportunities to meet winemakers from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus and to sample products from their vineyards.

Spend the late afternoon exploring wines with origins dating back to ancient civilizations including Armenia, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Turkey. Learn from experts about how these wines are made from grape to glass, discuss their unique qualities and get advice about optimal food pairings.

Participating wineries (to date)

Armenia Yacoubian-Hobbs Wines, Karas Wines, Trinity Canyon Vineyards, Keush Wines
Georgia Bagrationi, Pheasant’s Tears, Schuchmann Winery
Israel Kadma Winery
Lebanon Chateau Musar, Chateau Kefraya, Chateau Ksara, Massaya, IXSIR
Jordan Zumot Winery
Palestine Cremisan Wines 
Turkey Kayra Winery, Kavaklidere Winery, Urla Vines, Corvus Wines, Suvla Wines


NOTE: Part of a 2-day exploration of the origins of wine civilizations. Programming specifics are subject to change


S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)