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Marani (wine cellar)

The historic building of Zakaria Jorjadze’s wine cellar (storing up to 120 clay Qvevris) and the European style Chateau built on its premises survive to this day and have been restored by his descendants. The wine cellar houses family archives (photographs, letters, diaries, and credentials) reflective of Zakaria’s life and work. The archive is an artifact of one of the most significant time periods of Georgia’s recent past—the second half of the 19th century and the 20th century—and is a valuable part of the country’s cultural heritage in terms of its artistic and historical significance. Of Zakaria’s three children (Aleksandre, Giorgi, and Nino),  the biographical materials that document his daughter Nino’s life are particularly noteworthy.