The country of Georgia, situated at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, is recognized as the world’s oldest winemaking region. Archeological evidence shows that Georgia’s winemaking tradition began 8,000 years ago, and it has continued ever since, vintage after vintage.
A five-hour flight due east of Rome, this mountainous country—about the size of Connecticut—is tucked between the Greater and Lesser Caucasus Mountains. Georgia sits on the eastern shores of the Black Sea, at the same latitude as the Oregon–California border.
Georgia’s hills and valleys are home to more than 500 indigenous grape varieties, with long-lost varieties being rediscovered and revived each year. These grapes produce a rich diversity of wine styles, including Georgia’s traditional amber wine.
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Last Updated: May 8, 2023