From old cellar to successful winery - BBC has aired a reportage about a family business of wine making and about Georgian viniculture in general. the crew of the television visited the family business enterprise of twin prothers Gamtkitsulashvili, who run a complex comprising wine cellars and a hotel, called the Twins Old Cellar, located in the Kakheti region in the eastern part of Georgia. They make their wine in clay vessels called kvevri in accordance with the traditional Georgian method.
`Georgia is famous for its wine among the former Soviet countries. But the industry suffered after the doors to its main export market - Russia - closed in 2006 due to an embargo from the country. Winemakers believe Georgia, with its rich history of viniculture, can make up for lost revenue by using wine to attract tourists to the area,` the video says.
State-funded folk ensemble Rustavi plans to hold concerts in Georgia`s two occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali - the conductor of the ensemble Anzor Erkomashvili said in the interview with Russian newspaper Izvestia.
Ministry of Culture organized a meeting of experts to discuss the problems which the Georgian Church of Ishkhani in Turkey after the reportage aired by Courier P.S. weekly analytical show broadcast on Rustavi 2. Georgian side demands suspension of restoration works of the church...
Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze abstains from speaking about the intention of the government of Georgia to check up the agreement on Rabati Fortress signed by president Saakashvili during his visit to Turkey. Minister says the government of any country is obliged to look after the monuments of cultural heritage.
The dome of Rabati Fortress in the town of Akhaltsikhe in the southwestern part of Georgia will not be changed, President Saakashvili said aftr the meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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Secretary General of the of the United National Movement Vano Merabishvili is expected to attend the round table dedicated to the discussion of the controversy on the restoration of Rabati Fortress - Deputy Minister of Culture has confirmed this.
Minister of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia says the statement by the president`s administration regarding the threats of destruction of Rabati Fortress in Akhaltsikhe town of Georgia are exaggerated and politicized.
The restoration of the Rabati Fortress proposed by the government to president a few days ago has become controversial between the majority and the minority MPs. Opposition asserts that the new government of Georgia follows the instinct of destruction, as they want to destroy everything built by the previous government of the country.