GEORGIA EMBEDDED WINE IN THEIR RELIGION
Forget France! Georgia is home to 525 grape species and wine is deeply engraved in their culture and even religion! The traditional way of making wine is by using Qvevri – large clay pots that are buried in the ground – which make the wine taste earthy and super delicious.
Almost every Georgian makes wine – even when they have 2 m2 to grow grapes – and they will tell you it’s the best wine you’ve ever tasted. Although Kakheti is the best region for tasting wine, you won’t find a bad batch anywhere.
NATURE IN GEORGIA WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY
Mountainous, green and luscious is the best way to describe Georgia. Located in the Caucasus region, just between the Black- and Caspian sea, Georgia is a rather well-endowed country when it comes to fertile soil and stunning nature. The country is home to tall mountains, green hills and stunning lakes and the best of all: it’s rather unspoiled! Take yourself to foggy mountains in Kazbegi, relax on the beaches of Batumi or live as remote as can be in Tusheti. I’m pretty sure you’ll never want to leave!
GEORGIA OFFERS PLENTY REMOTE GETAWAY OPTIONS
To really experience the remote wilderness of Georgia one must visit the Svaneti or Tusheti regions. Home to tourist attractions like Mestia and Ushguli, Svaneti is the place to get far away from it all. The road to Ushguli is famous for being as wild as it gets, giving even the most experienced drivers the creeps.
''It was the seemingly imposing landscapes of the Caucasus that first drew us in to discover the oft-forgotten beauty of a luxury holiday in Georgia. But it’s what we found within them that kept us coming back for more. The history, culture and cuisine are all so incredibly rich, yet remain staggeringly unknown. Then there are the people with the warmest welcome you could ever hope to receive''.
YOU’LL SEE INCREDIBLE ARCHITECTURE
Whether you love modern architecture, soviet style buildings or the typical old Georgian houses, Georgia has something for everyone. In Old Tbilisi you’ll find beautifully decorated houses and apartment complexes, looking like they were stacked up against the hills in a 1001 Arabian nights kind of manner, while in the rest of the city there’s plenty reminders of Soviet times. Scattered among the different parts of town you’ll find epic statues, modern bridges and buildings completely made of glass.
GEORGIA IS HOME TO TASTY FOOD
Georgia has a very diverse food culture. Most foods are quite heavy and the Georgians I’ve met told me they could only eat it for 3 days straight before they craved something lighter. Not me. I love their Kachapuri (bread with loads of cheese), Ojakhuri (a family style meal consisting of stewed pork, onions and potatoes), freshly made Khinkali (large dumplings filled with meat, cheese or mushrooms) and most of all Baje, an incredible walnut sauce. It is said that if you haven’t gained 5 kg’s by the time you get back, you haven’t visited Georgia properly!
YOU’LL MEET THE SWEETEST PEOPLE
It’s all about the people when I travel and Georgia made me very, very happy. Even Tbilisi doesn’t suffer from capital fever as the people are friendly and very hospitable. In Georgia guests are considered a gift of God and you will be treated that way. You could randomly nod at someone of the street and you’ll get a heartwarming smile in return.
GEORGIANS ARE GREAT STORY TELLERS
Hospitality is one of the things I love most about Georgia and their toasting ceremonies might be the best example of it. When invited to a Georgian supra (feast), the Georgian toastmaster (tamada) is the person starting the toasts. Traditionally there are many, many rules to the toasting process, involving beautiful – and sometimes incredibly funny – stories. Guests may try to compete with the toastmaster by telling their toasting stories or inventing new ones on the go. As more and more wine is consumed, toasts can get very long and emotional. You are obliged to drink your wine, bottoms up. Sometimes, and to me this is very cool, wine is drunk from horns, making it an epic experience (and impossible to put down).
A journey through a country that’s shaken off its troubled past to become one of the world’s most extraordinary travel destination.
- CHARLY WILDER