Is the Country of Georgia the Next Great Wine Destination?

The hill town of Sighnaghi PHOTO: ALAMY
The hill town of Sighnaghi PHOTO: ALAMY

We think yes! The wines are truly distinct and the country is gorgeous. Tara Isabella Burton writes about her experience in Georgia for The Wall Street Journal. The entire original article can be read here.

Traveling through Georgia, the tiny post-Soviet country set between the Caucasus and the Black Sea, is always a metabolic endurance test. Wine, brandy, chacha—a grape-skin moonshine with the flavor of gasoline schnapps—all these are habitually, exuberantly, foisted upon any foreigner who sits still long enough. But in the country’s primary wine region of Kakheti—according to Georgians, the birthplace of wine itself—consumption seems to be the primary occupation.

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2 thoughts on “Is the Country of Georgia the Next Great Wine Destination?”

  1. I had last weekend a wine from Georgia (ordered from you) – white wine, but it looked more like a rose. It was a wine I would never buy again, and I actually like dry wines. This was not a white wine, and it was really not just dry, it was bitter.

    1. Hello Hrvoj,

      Sorry to hear this Georgian wine was not to your liking. You are right; traditional Georgian “white” wines are more rose or amber in color. This is the result of the wine being fermented and aged in contact with its skins in huge clay vessels called qvevri. The qvevri are buried in the earth for several months and even up to several years! The resultant “white” wine drinks more like a red and has more aggressive tannin structure. Its a style that is not for everyone. But these are not the only types of wine Georgia produces. If you would like some recommendations of others to try I am happy to help!


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