Georgia

Where it all began...

Classically Trained

Alleged to be the very birthplace of wine, we'd be hard pressed to think of a more apt destination for the rambling oenophile than beautiful Georgia. And surprisingly, since grapevines were first cultivated on the fertile slopes of the South Caucasus by our neolithic ancestors, not a lot has changed. Hundreds of indigenous varieties, minimum-intervention processes, and traditional clay-jar ageing conspire to make wines that feel both ancient and modern.

As If Not of This World

Attempt to conjure an image of typical Caucasus beauty — dizzying mountain peaks, deep gorges, isolated medieval churches — and it's likely that you're thinking of Georgia. But for everything you'd expect, it's likely there's just as much you wouldn't: futuristic contemporary architecture in Tbilisi — "a city as if not of this world", if Russian poet Boris Pasternak is to be believed — remote mountain retreats in Svaneti, and a cave city-turned-working monastery.

Wines, Vines, and Beyond

Visits to Georgia's plentiful and excellent vineyards are events in themselves, providing an insight into innovative processes and an opportunity to get to know the experts behind them. But naturally, there's so much more to see and do — take a ride on the Tbilisi Funicular, one of the world's finest examples of a cable railway; study the many archaeological finds housed in the Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia, haggle at the Dry Bridge flea market, or simply go for a scenic hike!

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