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There are approximately 530 unique grape varieties in Georgian that have been recorded by a ampelographers. Many are planted in "vine libraries", some are widely planted, and there are still many waiting to be discovered. Like most of Europe, phylloxera damaged extensive vineyard areas throughout the country, followed by Soviet collectivism in farming and winemaking which excluded the diverse amount of varieties to about 20. Luckily, we are living in a wine world that encourages rediscovery, and with encyclopaedic books such as, ... read more

When you think of Eastern Europe, a long troubled history of war and hard-line Communist regime may well be what springs to mind. For years this part of the continent has remained nearly undiscovered - but things have changed.  Surreal, exciting and constantly surprising, Eastern Europe is an amazing warehouse of culture, history and architecture as well as picturesque scenery. What you’ll find is historic sights, heritage buildings, lakes, rivers, glorious countryside, cosmopolitan cities flavored with... read more

Winerist has been advocating Eastern European winemaking countries such as Moldova and Georgia for quite a while now for their tourism and wine potential. Ukraine, however, is a different story due to recent events and is relatively new to the Winerist community. We believe this may change soon, and the first step in this direction has been made by partnering up with Ukrainian DRINKS+ Communication Group, as they flew the flag for Ukrainian wine at this year’s Vinitaly... read more

As we showed in our Most Popular Destinations for Red Wine Lovers, the usual suspects such as Bordeaux, Tuscany and Rioja are still very much in demand but they are now facing heated competition from other lesser known wine regions. What do Georgia, Turkey, Okanagan Valley, Uruguay and Languedoc have in common? These are all outstanding red wine producing regions which have become increasingly popular for those seeking authentic red wine destinations. We predict that more and more wine lovers... read more

It is not orange and is not made out of orange peels but it tastes absolutely delicious. So what exactly is orange wine if not produced with orange juice (but then again, rosé has nothing to do with roses either, wine can be so confusing!)? White wine is produced the (very) traditional way, following a production method that dates back some 5000 years ago in Georgia, where winemakers left their white grapes to macerate with their white skins in sealed... read more

Here at Winerist, we are obviously lovers of wine but our other great passion is food. There is nothing like sampling the local cuisine in a far-flung destination, paired with a delicious glass of wine. One of the best ways to get to know a region’s speciality dishes is by cooking them yourself on a cookery course. With expert chefs to guide you along the way, you can learn how to make some fabulous food and impress... read more

As Georgia’s capital and largest city, Tbilisi offers plenty of things to do. The city has a rich and exciting history to explore and only an hour away from Kakheti, one of Georgia’s largest wine-producing regions. Archeological evidence shows that vines were grown as far back as 6000 BC! Whilst traditionally the majority of wine produced has been drunk locally, Georgian wine is becoming more and more popular in the international market. Go and see for yourself... read more

World Food Day is celebrated every year on October 16th to commemorate the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The objectives of World Food Day are to bring to light the issues of hunger and malnutrition around the world and to encourage international economic and technical solidarity through agriculture. Wine growing and production are large parts of the global agricultural landscape and, certainly, one of the oldest. Wine, as with most agricultural products, takes time... read more