Upon blessing by Metropolitan Dimitri the II Homemade Wine Festival was held in Batumi on 3rd May 2009.

Georgian Orthodox Church

Applicants could bring their taste samples during 2 months. The testing commission included famous winemakers throughout Georgia. The commission worked for two days to reveal the best wines out of 130 samples.

Winners were awarded prizes and money by Government of Adjara, the Ministry of Education, culture and Sport of Adjara; the Chamber of Commerce and Trade of Adjara, Winery “Khareba”, Batumi Mayor, Constructing Company “ANAGI”, SS “Bagrationi”, Constructing Company “Center Point”, “Elit Electronics” Ltd., SS “TBC Bank”, Mr Zurab Tkemaladze in person, Mr Temur Bakuridze in person, “Coca-Cola Bottlers Georgia” Ltd. “Ertguleba Foundation”.

There were 21 different nominations and prizes at the festival:

I place (gold medal) – the Best Western Red Wine; the Best Western White Wine; the best Eastern Red Wine; the Best Eastern White Wine.

II place (silver medal) – the Best Western Red Wine; the Best Western White Wine; the best Eastern Red Wine; the Best Eastern White Wine.

III place (bronze medal) – the Best Western Red Wine; the Best Western White Wine; the best Eastern Red Wine; the Best Eastern White Wine.

Also, the prize nominations were for an organizer, “Winemaker Lady”, “Best Début”, “Best Vineyards”, “Best Wine Cells”, “Best Wine Eparchy”, and “Beginner Winemaker”.

Upon blessing by Metropolitan Dimitri, the Festival is traditional. This year, the festival was held at the “Tbilisi” cinema. It was attended by Metropolitan Grigol of Poti and Khobi Eparchy, Metropolitan David of Amba Alaverdi Eparchy, Bishop Zenon of Tashiri and Dmanisi Eparchy, Bishop Stefan of Tsageri and Lentekhi Eparchy, other clergy, government authorities, businessmen, and prominent public figures.

The Festival concert programme was performed by Men’s Vocal Company “Iberion”, choir of Batumi Holy Mother Virgin’s Nativity Cathedral, Company “Batumi”, Dance Company “Khorumi”, nurtures of Batumi St. Mathata’s Lyceum, Men’s Folklore Company “Iberion”, and Folk Musical Instruments Company “Tolia”.

The Homemade Wine Festival will traditionally be continued next year.

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