“To me, winemaking is a form of art, a beautiful way to express yourself,” says Mariam. “It is an interesting and profitable profession. However, it was always considered strictly men’s domain and my generation is the first to practically prove this cliché wrong.”
Originally trained as a biochemist, Mariam decided to join a short-term winemaking course at the Kachreti college, supported by UNDP and the Government of Sweden as a part of a wider effort to create equal employment opportunities for men and women.
“We are particularly pleased with the results of our vocational training programs in Kakheti and Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, where 68 percent of the 4,000 women we trained went on to find jobs”, says Louisa Vinton, Head of UNDP in Georgia.
Mariam’s background helped her to quickly obtain the qualifications in the technology of winemaking, especially in biochemical analysis of wine. She is currently practicing her skills at the Georgian National Wine Agency, working with local winemakers during the grape harvest.