Were you inspired by The Wine Show's trip to Georgia last week? We were! Before you book your trip, get your head around this beginner's guide to Georgian wine...
If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-track wine country to try out; one that celebrates wine as a fundamental part of human existence (sign us up!), then look no further than Georgia. So ingrained is wine into this country’s culture, that is involved in every single meal and used in every important ceremony, of which there are many. Very many. Every style from dry to sweet, to sparkling and even orange or ‘amber’ wine, is made in Georgia and largely from native grape varieties, so the flavour profiles are quite unique to this wonderful land. As recently as 2015, the oldest evidence of winemaking in the world was uncovered in the Georgian village of Imiri, so as winemaking countries go, it’s a pretty serious one to get to know.
- Fact: Georgia has over native 500 grape varieties
- Fact: Kakheti is Georgia’s primary winemaking region, producing over 70% of all wines.
- Fact: Evidence of winemaking dating back over 7000 years was recently found in Georgia.