Three Generations of Assyrian Winemakers in Iraq


Three Generations of Assyrian Winemakers in Iraq

2018-09-30
http://aina.org

YEHHDA, Iraq (Reuters) — For three generations, the Moshi family have been making wine in the basement of their rural home in the village of Yehhda near the Iraqi border with Turkey

Gorgis Isaac Moshi, 70, is the latest to take charge. He began making red and white wine 60 years ago with his father and grandfather, harvesting and cleaning grapes before crushing them by hand or foot with other members of the family

Moshi has revolutionised the small-scale operation, buying a press to crush the grapes and starting to sell his wine to his friends and neighbours in his small, remote Christian village in Amadiya district, northern Iraq. He also provides wine for the local churches

“We started to sell only 10 years ago as we saw demand on the drink we make,” he said. “We sell 500 to 1,000 bottles a year”

A bottle costs 5,000 Iraqi dinars ($4.20), with the red wine in high demand, he said

Gorgis’s three sons, who helped him collect the latest harvest, are ready to take over whenever he decides to stop

Writing by Patrick Johnston in LONDON; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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