Why wine lovers should visit Tbilisi in 2018
15 January, 2018
Well-known English lifestyle newsletter, Evening Standard, uncovers the reasons why wine lovers should visit Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia in 2018.

According to the publication, this week, the UK faced news that a prosecco (Italian white wine) shortage could be in store as wine production plummeted to a 50-year low. So it recommends wine lovers to visit Georgia, the country which is a real paradise for them.

“So what should oenophiles (a connoisseurs of wines) do now that harvests at
French and Italian vineyards aren't looking so optimistic? Look further than Europe for their next wine-soaked break: Georgia, precisely” – the article reads.
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Tbilisi

As a reminder, recently Georgia was named as one of the best wine destinations throughout the world by Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher.

Lonely Planet’s bestselling The Cities Book features 200 of the world’s most exciting urban destinations among which Georgia comes in the fifth place as the home to the best wine.

“Travel experts at Lonely Planet have ranked the Georgian capital Tbilisi the number one destination for wine in their latest publication, The Cities Book” - Evening Standard reports.

English newsletter gives brief information about Tbilisi, highlighting the core features for which the city is known such as:fashion, architecture, delicious cuisine and breathtaking views.

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Aerial view of the capital city (Shutterstock / LALS STOCK)

“Stroll around and you'll quickly start to understand its complicated history - medieval, classical and Soviet structures all stand side by side. 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” – says the article.

According to ES magazine, wine-making is a key part of Georgian identity. The fertile environment of the lower Caucasus is the main reason of Georgian wine’s extraordinary taste and flavor, as it is one of the oldest viticulture regions in the world.

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Tourists enjoying Georgian wine and food

While some countries are famous for their vast number of beer pubs, Tbilisi is graced with a variety of wine cellars and stores, where wine lovers can get acquainted with a various sorts of wines. One of the most beloved and frequently visited places is Vinoground, located inside 17th century wine cellar, at Erekle II Street. Here both the owner and the sommeliers meet every guest like a close friend and create friendly atmosphere. You can sample different kinds of wines produced by small farmers and big brands and pair them with Georgian food.

As for choosing good wine bars, Evening Standard recommends Vino Underground, located at #15 G. Tabidze Street and G.vino, located at #6 Erekle II street in Tbilisi, as both of them create a cozy atmosphere and serve organic wines with prices starting from £9, but the best place for tasting real wine is 8000 Vintages, located at #26 Sulkhan Tsintsadze street. Here you can taste perfect dishes from Georgian cuisine as well, with your visit costing around £15.
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Qvevri (traditional Georgian clay pot)

For the lovers of organic wine, the website recommends Wine Room, located at #39 Chovelidze street, which offers natural wines from an array of regions in Georgia. It is also noteworthy that aside from the bottled wine, tap wines are sold for just over £2 for those on a budget.

After visiting wonderful wine bars in Tbilisi, Evening Standard advices wine lovers to visit Kakheti, a hub of wine-making in Georgia. Kakheti is one of the most important wine producing regions in Georgia with Telavi as its capital.
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Kakheti

Kakheti Region is situated in eastern Georgia, an hour and a half's drive east of Tbilisi. Because of unique climate and soil Kakheti is the leader in wine-making, that is why wine production is a common activity here for every household.

“There will be plenty of bespoke Georgian wines to try, including Saperavi and Mukhuzani” – the article reports.

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Alexander Chavchavadze's 19th Century wine estate (Shutterstock / Ruslan Kalnitsky)

As for choosing the best time to visit this marvelous city, English Standard recommends early autumn, when summer ends and wine season begins. It is the ideal getaway for autumn.

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Traditional Georgian dishes and wine

The website concludes that one should definitely visit Tbilisi if he/she is looking for a mixture of mountain views and a city vibe. And do not forget the vineyards and wine tastings coupled with cultural heritage and buzzing nightlife.

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