The important and magical time of
Rtveli or grape harvesting, is held in autumn, once the grain crops are gathered in and in every home there are baskets full of locally produced pomegranates, pears, apples and peaches. In the fine early mornings during Rtveli, the vineyards fill up with cheerful calls, the Rtveli merry songs. The grapes are harvested using a
Godori – a large basket made of branches of cherry tree. This is the time of year to prepare the famous and delicious
Churchkhelas, to a recipe traditionally kept secret by your grandma and passed down when only truly necessary. But what isn’t secret is that you start to prepare it far in advance by stringing together as many walnuts as possible and placing them into
Tatara, a mixture of grape juice and flour which is cooked in a pot. The walnuts are removed from the Tatara and dried, placed into the Tatara again and dried once more. The Churchkhelas are then ready.