Qvevri - a clay wine vessel - was granted the status of a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) by the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (“Sakpatenti”). Qvevri became the first non-food product to be granted such status.
“The protection of Qvevri as a geographical indication is especially important for Georgia, a country with an 8,000-year continuos history of winemaking. Making wine by the Georgian traditional method is connected with the national clay wine vessel - Qvevri. The making of Qvevri represents a product of the Georgian people’s intellect,” reads a statement of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture.
According to the National Wine Agency of Georgia, today almost all Georgian wine companies produce Qvevri wine. Additionally, individual winemakers produce Qvevri wine all over the world: in the US, Italy, France, Spain, Japan, Slovenia and other countries.