Georgian Wine

Wine has been produced in what is now called the Republic of Georgia for thousands of years, making it one of the oldest wine-producing countries in the world. It’s situated between the Caucus Mountains and the Black Sea, bordering Russia, Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Many native grape varieties existed in the countrysides, and were eventually used for wine. 9000 year-old archeological findings indicate wine production, and the Georgian word “ghvino” is said to be the root of “vin,” “vino,” and eventually, “wine.” 

Wine production continued through the centuries as empires grew and nations claimed territories. In the 6th century, the Ikhalto monastery and academy was founded near Telavi. With wine production playing an important role in the newly-founded Christian religion, Ikhalto became an important center of viticulture and even established a wine academy. Georgia became a largely Christian nation and as a result, was mostly left alone Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Georgia View all

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Rkatsiteli

    Not widely known about in western markets, this ancient white grape variety is broadly distributed across eastern Eur...

  • King

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Saperavi

  • Mtsvane

Subregions of Georgia

Popular Wineries in Georgia View all

  • Georgia Wines

    Once Upon a Time… there was a heart doctor who at heart was a “closet farmer”. In the spring of 1...

  • Tiger Mountain Vineyards

    Tiger Mountain Vineyards is nestled on a hillside high up in Rabun County, on the rocky, sunny sl...

  • Telavi Wine Cellar

    For nearly a century, Telavi Wine Cellar has blended innovation with the sense of history, keep...

  • Marani

    Marani is a wine produced by Telavi Wine Cellar since 1915 in the Kakheti province of Georgia. ...

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Georgia on Snooth

  • Pheasant's Tears Rkatsiteli Dry Unfiltered Amber Wine Kakheti 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Kindzmarauli Vaziani Semi Sweet Red Georgian Wine 2008

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  • "You think that by being a locavore you are also being a tree ... long. ... long. Common sense that even Georgia (the purported birthplace of all wine culture) had other flora in place first. Greece, Italy and the northern Mediterranean coastlines were likely the earliest but they all had other growth before grapes--not to mention the forests ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Mildiani Katsiteli Georgia 2006

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    When I served this to my guests, everyone really liked this wine!! Read More

    Wine review by Lkfeinberg


  • Mildiani Katsiteli Georgia 2006

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  • Surprised nobody's mentioned him so far so I'll throw Gravner into the ... ... ago. He uses giare from Georgia, which he lines with beeswax. His whites from them that I've had are almost as tannic as reds. His use spurred other copycats.Tangentially, Georgians want to position themselves as the origin of winemaking, and in this instance of am... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • Tamada Pirosmani Semi-Sweet NV

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • A few other things to keep in mind. The grape with the most acreage under vine, ... figures. The grape is from Georgia and it produced a lot of plonk for the Soviet Union. There's not much of it anywhere else. There was surely a lot of it in Georgia but the vineyard figures are like anything from that part of the world - as valid as the governm... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cabernet v. Pinot and most...


  • Nice avatar, Twisted. Welcome to Snooth.Tell us about the wines of Moldova: the ... the ... probably as long as Georgia and maybe longer than Greece. Read More

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  • Have discussed retsina in the 'totally different' and other threads ... ... winemaking started in Georgia/Gruziya/Sakartvelo or wherever else way back then, it's the Phoenicians and the Greeks that spread its use 'worldwide'--at least around the Middle Sea to start with. And that pine resin stood in handy to help preserve the wine from oxidat... Read More

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