Decanter: “Georgia – finding its path”

Review by Mariam Papidze

Economic Editor, 27 Mar 2018, Tbilisi,Georgia

Award-winning wine writer and columnist for Andrew Jefford has written an article about Georgian wine, in which he remembers his first visit to Georgia back in 2013 and tells about his latest journey in 2017.

While talking about Georgian wine, Jefford says that Georgia is not "just another” wine-producing country.

Present-day Georgia may occupy the land where the vine itself was first domesticated; it’s recently surrendered to archaeological attention the world’s earliest pure-wine residues, dating back some 8,000 years. It has an extraordinary patrimony of indigenous varieties, and unique wine-making techniques, too, unchanged for a millennium or more; these have proved seductively interesting for the natural wine movement worldwide, and for those who perceive modern winemaking as an impasse”, wrote Jefford.

The author said that during his second visit to Georgia, he concentrated on tasting a range of wines from larger companies, those comprising the bulk of the country’s export offer, as well as a range of micro-vinified experimental wines from some of Georgia’s many indigenous varieties made at the country’s viticultural research station at Mtskheta.

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