Georgia is one of the most ancient countries in the world with tradition of viticulture and winemaking.Georgia is generally 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.
These early Georgians discovered grape juice could be turned into wine by burying it underground for the winter. Some of the qvevris they were buried in could remain underground for up to 50 years.
The country’s medieval monasteries were veritable universities of viticulture, keeping meticulous records about grape varieties, terroir, and factors which affected production.
Many of Georgia’s wine makers still produce wine using traditional techniques, and the resulting flavor is quite different from that of wines made using European methods.