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Georgian wines to taste for Christmas and New Year
07 January, 2019
Georgia is the country where the earliest evidence of grape wine-making was found. Telltale chemical signs of wine in the pottery jars, discovered in two Neolithic villages (called Gadachrili Gora and Shulaveris Gora about 50km (30 miles) south of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia) dates back 5,980 BC. Previously, the earliest evidence of grape wine-making had been found in the Zagros Mountains of Iran and dated to 5,400-5,000 BC.

Georgia boasts more than 500 varieties of indigenous grapes, some of them
are not found anywhere in the world. They include Rkatsiteli, Kikhvi, Kisi, Tsitska, Saperavi, Ojaleshi, Aleksandrouli, Mujuretuli, Aladasturi, etc.
festive_wine
Georgian wine should be present at any festive table. During Christmas and New Year, Georgians go for the wine which originates from their hometown. In each region of the country, locals grow their own indigenous grape varieties. As almost every family produces wine in Georgia, people here do not have to buy it. 

Imeretians choose Imeretian grape varieties, Kakhetians prefer Kakhetian wine, Megrelians go for their home wine and so on. Other alcoholic drinks such as whiskey, cognac, champagne or pomace brandy have only a decorative purpose on the festive table. It comes as no surprise that Georgians traditionally give homemade wines to each other as a gift for the festive season.
rkatsiteli
According to the online wine store and Georgian wines adviser www.allwine.ge, the most tasted Georgian wine type around the holiday is Kakhetian one, especially Rkatsiteli and Saperavi varieties.

Rkatsiteli is the most popular white wine in Georgia. Although the variety is grown all over Georgia, it is produced in large quantities in the eastern part of Georgia, Kakheti. The Rkatsiteli grape variety is distinguished by its high resistance to cold winters and hot summers.
saperavi
Saperavi grapes produce red wines suitable for extended aging. The Saperavi grape originated in the Kakheti region and now is spread throughout entire Georgia. It is considered to be the oldest grape variety in Georgia.

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