Georgia has always staked its claim as the birthplace of wine... With grapes grown here for over 7,000 years, it's unsurprising that the vine is so central to Georgian culture - production is an almost religious affair.
The Georgian wine map is an impressive sight – sprawling and complex. There are very few areas of this ancient country untouched by viticulture. Only Georgia’s most remote highlands are free from wine production. Here, churches perch on the mountaintops, a reminder of the country’s very old Christian heritage.
Semi-sweet wines are the most popular in Georgia, but there is a place for every kind of wine here. Telling our story, we sample award-winning, naturally semi-sweet Tvishi; to straw coloured Alazani; oak-aged red Mukuzani and many, many more.
The astonishing landscapes of the Caucasus are as memorable as the wines. Georgia is one of Earth’s most exquisitely finished canvases. Vineyards are found in lush, green valleys, carved out by lazy rivers. Up in the mountains time-weathered watchtowers peek vertiginously over the magnificent scenery.
Our guide as we navigate the dazzling variety of Georgian wine is John Wurdeman. John has lived in Georgia since 1996 and has founded a winery here. Travelling with John, we get a introduction not just to the wine, but to the wonderful culture and fine hospitality of Georgia (warning - there will be banquets on this tour...).
An essential trip for anyone interested in wine and its long heritage. Join us to try this and sample history in a glass, in the oldest of the Old World regions.
- Visit our wine guide's own vineyard, Pheasant’s Tears
- Immerse yourself in the emerald valleys and sapphire rivers of the mountainous Caucasus landscape, peppered with old watchtowers
- Sample incredible wines, from sweet Tvishi to red Mukuzani, and explore medieval wine techniques at Ikalto Wine Academy, which dates from the 12th century
From amber nectar to oaky Mukuzanni, Georgia is home to an astonishing array of grape varieties. We take a Medieval wine course, try celebrated Chinuri grape wines, and discover the gardens of Alex Chachavadze, who introduced French techniques to Georgia. We take the opportunity to try chacha — Georgian grappa.