George Agladze was born in 1770-s, in the region of Meskheti. He enrolled in the Georgian army in 1797. In accordance with the Treaty of Georgievsk, King Erekle II was obliged to support the Russian Empire in war and by the end of the century, between 1798 and 1802, the Russian Empire, along with the British and Ottoman Empires, got involved in the Second European Coalition against France.
“There are two angels who are protecting you” said the general smiling.
Reports suggest that one of the French generals took him and other captives to his ancestry mansion in the town of Poitiers. Being in captivity, George had to fulfill various tasks for the General. The Frenchman also owned large acres of vine, located near his courthouse, and he made wine every year. One day George found himself in one of the vineyards quite incidentally and began to work with other workers. The French were surprised as they considered him of Russian origin. The General allowed George to look after a small vineyard. The Georgian captive got down to his work immediately, which helped him to relieve his country sickness.
While working in the vineyard, George noticed that the land was different from others and, in fact, it was clay soil. This discovery led him to another idea: he decided to make a small piece of earthenware, called “qvevri” in Georgian, and make wine according to the Georgian tradition. One evening, as the General was checking the vineyards, as usual, he saw George take out some beverage from a strange, medium sized pot and drink it. The General was interested and desired to know what kind of drink it was. To his astonishment, George poured him some wine made according to Georgian tradition. The taste and quality of the wine proved to be above all expectations. The General could hardly believe that his captive could prepare the divine beverage. Since that day, their relationship changed entirely - George was now in charge of a larger vineyard and part of the grape harvest was used to make Georgian wine. The general was proud to offer the wine to his guests at the great parties in his mansion.
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