Wines of Georgia

The country of Georgia is confusing to many American wine drinkers, because of the state, located in the United States, which is also named Georgia. The state of Georgia is known for its peaches, pecans and golf, but not for its wine. In comparison, the COUNTRY of Georgia gained its independence from Russia in 1991. It is located just to the east of the Black Sea, and it is the northeastern neighbor of Turkey.

Wine making has been a strong tradition in Georgia since before history began. The creation of wine, as well as the mining of precious minerals from their mountains, has founded the backbone of their fame.

KhvanchkaraThe wine bottle on the left is a traditional ceramic bottle of Khvanchkara wine. This late harvest wine is made from red grapes and is sweet in flavor. It is made from local grape varieties.

Georgian wines can be VERY challenging to find in the United States or Canada. You tend to only find them in ethnic specialty stores that cater to an Eastern European client base.

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