5 Things to Love About Tbilisi, Georgia
25 January, 2016
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After arriving in Georgia, one of the first things the very friendly locals will point out to you is that their country is the home of wine. The world’s oldest evidence of grapes being left to ferment and turn into wine dates back to 6,000 BC — and was found in Georgia.

Long ago, there were apparently 525 grape varietals endemic to Georgia, but the Soviet leadership in Moscow developed a taste for two in particular (red Saperavi and white Rkatseteli) and ordered the rest of the vines cleared to make way for them. Since 1991, though, the Georgian wine industry has experienced a renaissance, and local winemakers have since been trying to revive some of these older varietals along with ancient methods of wine production.
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You can learn this and more at Vino Underground. Just a few minutes’ walk from the city’s Freedom Square (more on that in a minute), turn off busy Tabaridze Street into an unassuming doorway and descend a staircase into a wine cave/dining room bedecked with six tables, a fantastic chef and a delightful sommelier named Donovan.The perfect place to start your Tbilisi trip, get a little history on the city and the country and sample Georgia’s own amber and black wines, this restaurant has an eight-wine tasting paired with small plates of local specialties that is extremely reasonably priced — roughly 60 lari or $25 per person.
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