In an article published by The Evening Standard, Georgia is named as the top destination and “a wine-lovers’ heaven” worth a visit in 2018. The author of the article, Disha Daswaney, notes that travel experts at Lonely Planet have recently ranked Tbilisi the number one destination for wine in their latest publication, The Cities Book, and suggests a visit Georgia’s capital.
“The Georgian capital is known for its fashion, architecture, rich cuisine and scenic views. Stroll around and you'll quickly start to understand its complicated history - medieval, classical and Soviet structures all stand side by side,” she writes.
“In 2003, the Rose Revolution booted out the post-Soviet Shevardnadze government and Tbilisi has been revolutionizing ever since with a flourishing arts scene and 21st century cafe culture. Winemaking in Georgia stretches back an impressive 8000 years and is a key part of their identity,” the author of the article says, going on to point out that, “the fertile environment of the lower Caucasus is what makes the wine extraordinary: it is one of the oldest viticulture regions in the world after all,” and that “unsurprisingly, all Georgian wine is very drinkable whether it's red, dry or sweet.”
Disha Daswaney then recommends a visit to gVino Underground, gVino wine bar, and 800 Vintages, to “truly understand the history of winemaking;” and Wine Room to taste natural wines from different regions of Georgia. She then goes on to suggest a visit to Kakheti region, where “there’ll be plenty of bespoke Georgian wines to try, including Saperavi and Mukhuzani,” naming the region, and Georgia, “the ideal getaway for autumn.”
“You should go here if you’re looking for a mixture of mountain views and a city vibe. Let’s not forget the vineyards and wine tastings mixed in with cultural heritage and buzzing nightlife,” Daswaney writes.
By Nino Gugunishvili
Photo source: Evening Standard