Georgia is one of the oldest wine regions in the world. Wine is a significant part of Georgian culture, as well as an entire course of Georgian economy. It is widely believed that this is where wine production first began, over 7000 years ago. In fact, the word “wine” is derived from “gvino” – the Georgian word for wine. Archaeological remains suggest that as early as 4000 BC grape juice was being placed in underground clay jars, or also known as kvevri , to ferment during the winter. The vine is central to Georgian culture and tightly bound to our religious heritage. It is common for families throughout Georgia to grow their own grapes and produce wine. Feasting and hospitality are central pillars of Georgian culture, and traditional banquets are presided over by a toastmaster, or Tamada, who proposes numerous toasts throughout the meal, and ensures the wine flows liberally.
Georgia is a land famed for its natural bounty. These days there are over 500 species of grape in Georgia, a greater diversity than anywhere else in the world, with around 40 of these grape varieties being used in commercial wine production. Georgian wines have a reputation for being exceptionally pure.
Georgia is a paradise for any wine lover.