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Georgian Wine Is Now An Element Of UN's 'Intangible Heritage'

Yurts, Polo, And Georgian Wine Vie For UNESCO Recognitioni
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November 20, 2013
The UN's cultural and educational organization, UNESCO, meets on December 2-7 to grant special designation to examples of intangible cultural heritage -- traditions, crafts, and rituals passed from generation to generation. Dozens of countries and communities are seeking recognition for their cultural traditions, ranging from the Azerbaijani horseback sport known as chovqan to the Korean spiced cabbage called kimchi. (Videos courtesy of UNESCO. Produced by Daisy Sindelar and Margot Buff, RFE/RL)

WATCH: Yurts, Polo, And Georgian Wine Vie For UNESCO Recognition

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The UN's cultural agency, UNESCO, has added ancient Georgian wine-making techniques to its list of "intangible heritage" in need of being preserved.

UNESCO said in a statement issued late on December 4 that envoys picked 14 new listings --- including the Georgian method of making wine -- at a meeting in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku.

Later it announced that a Romanian and Moldovan Christmas ritual, the Feast of the Holy 40 Martyrs spring festival in Macedonia, and decorative painting in Ukraine's Petrykivka village were also added to the list.

Among the other new entries were traditional Japanese Washoku cooking methods, the Mediterranean diet, and the traditional use of the abacus for counting in China.

Traditional Georgian wine making
Traditional Georgian wine making


Additions to UNESCO's shorter List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding include a traditional Azerbaijani horse-riding game. 

Established in 2008, the Intangible Cultural Heritage list comprises some 100 traditional events from around the globe and, according to UNESCO, is designed to "help demonstrate the diversity of this heritage and raise awareness about its importance."

RFE/RL's Daisy Sindelar wrote about the list and some of "heritage" elements vying to get on it, from yurts to kimchi. And yes, Georgian wine.

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