Sweet, sweet Georgia

Georgia is considered the ‘cradle of wine’, as archaeologists have traced the world’s first known wine creation back to the people of the South Caucasus in 6,000BC. Being the oldest wine-making country in the world, Georgia produces many varieties of wines tailored to any taste with at least 430 indigenous grape varieties. Marco Polo, Alexander Dumas, Anton Chekhov, and John Steinbeck are just a few travelers to Georgia who returned home to write of the country’s stunning beauty, remarkable people, delicious food, and distinctive wines.

Creating a comprehensive list of the wines to try in Georgia would have been very long. Thus, I decided instead to list some of the best ones to take into consideration when visiting the country

Rkatsiteli Qvevri

Rkatsiteli is a dry, white wine, made from specially selected Rkatsiteli grapes. The wine is made using the traditional method of qvevri. The fermentation process lasts for six months and turns the wine into a light golden or amber color. It has the flavor of ripe and dried fruits and goes well with roasted or baked meat and cheese.

Saperavi

This dry red wine is also made in qvevri from Saperavi grapes. It’s characterized by prune and blackberry flavors. It pairs well with veal and barbecue meals.

Chkhaveri

The Chkhaveri grape is cultivated in the Guria region, in western Georgia, and is distinguished by its pink hue. It has an aroma of citrus, red fruits, and berries, particularly strawberry, blackcurrant, and grapefruit. It’s a dry wine with a high acidity and a long aftertaste. The wine goes well with fried turkey, meat, salads, fish, and pizza

Mukuzani

Muzukani is a dry red wine with a ruby color characterized by flavors of black plum and blackberry together with oak tones. It goes well with traditional Georgian cuisine and fried meats.

Tamuna Bichiashvili

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