Zestaponi, Imereti Region, Georgia

🇬🇪 Zestafoni or Zestaponi is the administrative centre of Zestafoni District in Western Georgia. Zestafoni is the centre of an ancient, historical part of Georgia – Margveti, which is a part of Imereti province. Zestafoni is the centre of Margveti's Eparchy of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Zestafoni is situated in the furthest east of the Colchis Plateau, and is built on both banks of the Qvirila River.

Industry The town of Zestafoni and the smaller neighboring town of Shorapani are industrial centers. The Zestafoni ferro-alloy plant processes raw manganese ore shipped by rail down the Kvirila valley from Chiatura, supplying 6% of world demand. The largest ferroalloy plant in the country, in 1998 it produced 35,000 tonnes of silicomanganese and 11,000 tonnes of medium-carbon manganese alloy. This was well below its previous peak production of 110,000 tonnes of manganese-based alloys. The British steel trading company Stemcor acquired the ferro-alloy plant in February 2006.

Two other plants in the Zestafoni / Shorapani area produce electrical products, aluminum and copper cable and wire. There were more plants in the Soviet era producing fireproof clay, marble and clothing. Zestafoni is also one of the winery-vinery centres of Georgia. Wine prepared from the Tsitsqa and Tsolikouri species are widely known.

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Zestaponi has a population of over 20,814 people. Zestaponi also forms the centre of the wider Zestaponi District which has a population of over 76,208 people.

Twin Towns – Sister Cities Zestafoni is twinned with: 🇱🇹 Taurage, Lithuania; 🇮🇱 Kiryat Bialik, Israel; 🇺🇦 Zaporizhia, Ukraine; 🇪🇪 Elva, Estonia.

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