If you have never heard it before, Kakheti is the homeland of wine. About 500 types of grapes are grown there. Every family has its own tradition of making wine. There are many legends and interesting stories about them. I would like to tell you one of these stories. A true story that inspired me the most and a story, which will definitely inspire you too!
Far far away, there is a village in Kakheti, called Velistsikhe. People say that one great Lord used to live there five centuries ago. He loved the Georgian traditions very much and was a real Georgian man.
He was making wine, had his own wine cellar, and several dozens of clay jars (qvevri). This story dates back to the 16th century. However, the village Velistsikhe has been existing since the 1st century, as proved by our historians.
Years were passing, then centuries…. And in the 20th century, in this house lived one lonely old woman. She did not have any relatives left, but she loved her neighbor's family, who was treating her as part of their family.
This grandma was often telling stories from the past. She believed that in the 16th century, her ancestor had a wine cellar, which she always wanted to explore. However, nobody was paying attention to her words and she was the only one who believed in that. When the old woman died, the neighbors found some documents in her old sketch, where she wrote that she wanted to leave her home to Mrs. Nunu, who was taking care of her. Mrs. Nunu decided to read the woman's letter, in which she asked her to explore this place better after her death.
She ordered workers to dig up this place and they really found there an old cellar which was kept from the 16th century. They restored everything and made this ancient place in a very beautiful way. This ancient wine cellar is “Numisi.”
Nowadays, it is a place that takes you back to the 16th century. Here are dozens of old things from the past centuries, which are gathered by the owner. Furthermore, they have a showroom where you can explore things from the Soviet Union. You can taste their amazing wine, which has a quite different, unique taste and quality compared to the wines made in other wine cellars. Visitors can also have a cup of cognac, which is 15 years old and many Georgian traditional foods.
Imagine sitting near the fireplace, tasting a delicious red or white wine, and listening to the stories of past centuries. While you are visiting this place, you are curious to learn who lived here a few centuries ago, what was making them happy or sad, what they ate or drank, what kind of clothes they wore, etc… However, the aura of this place makes me feel that all the people who were lucky enough to live there were actually very happy!
Once you visit the amazing wine cellar of Numisi, you will be full of emotions and wish to come back here again.
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