Somewhere in Gurjaani is living a winemaker Simon Ruadze who makes wine by traditional local methods and have decided to let the tourists to visit his house and show how wine is brewed. He named his living place with funny name “Simonay zaodi”, which partly delivered from the russian language and means “The plant of Simone”. Mostly people visit his family by previous request, but we just came over without any call or mail. Anyway, all was perfectly – the wife called the husband, who just has overcame home a bit later.After tasting some kinds of wine and chacha, we got some concert, performed by the owner and his
family. We have seen the “khvevri”, where the wine is brewing. The khvevri is a big clay tank of many liters, which is locatinmg after the ground level and has stable temperature all the year, which is very useful for good brewing process. Being drunk, cultured and got some figs and grapes, being happy we left this kind house.
Pictures by Aleksandrs Znovs ©