Georgian wine jug becomes object of cultural heritage

A Georgian "Kvevri" wine jug has become an object of cultural heritage and received a category of national significance, according to a decree signed by the president of Georgia which was published on the website of the Legislative Herald of Georgia, Business Georgia reports.

Kvevri are clay pitchers, which have been used in all wine-producing regions of the Caucasus, to ferment and store wine for a very long time. Kvevri full of wine are usually buried in the ground and covered with clay. Kvevri are distinguished from amphora by the absence of handles. Sometimes Kvevri reach truly gigantic proportions, adding up to a height of about two meters, and about five feet wide. Such Kvevri can hold several hundred liters.