National Geographic : 2017 Feb
a 9,000-year love affair 43 The wine grape may have originated at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia, which has more than 500 indigenous varieties. For millennia Georgians have fermented wine in beeswax- lined clay jars called qvevri, made by craftsmen like Zaliko Bodjadze (below). Winemakers bury the jars up to the neck and use them for generations. Some traditional Georgian whites—like the one being poured by Sulkhan Gulashvili (left), from a cup inscribed with the names of his forebears—are fermented as red wines are, with the grape skins, seeds, and even stems left in the juice. That gives them a bold flavor and a distinctive orange hue.