Georgia in Lonely Planet’s “Ten world’s most intriguing wine regions”
09.10.2015. (Hvino News). Travel guides publishing house Lonely Planet included Georgia in its recently published list “Ten of the world’s most intriguing wine regions”. Lonely Planet’s new book Wine Trails plots a course through 52 of the world’s greatest wine regions, with weekend-long itineraries in each designed by expert writers, including wine buyers and sommeliers.
“We’ve picked out 10 of the most intriguing regions to show why tasting wine in the place it was made can be a revelation”, — reads the article posted by Lonely Planet. Georgia’s Kakheti region is listed between Mendoza (Argentina) and Niagara (Canada):
The Georgian wine experience is like no other. The story of wine here is so old, so real, that it can make what we know of ancient Greece and Rome seem like recent history. Georgia is widely recognised as the land where man first learned to tame the wild grapevine, around 6000BC. In most of the country, winemaking technology has changed little since then. Grapes are still harvested by hand, and foot-pressed in the hollowed-out trunks of ancient trees. The juice flows into underground clay amphoras, where it ferments and matures without additives or manipulation.
Kakheti is the most important Georgian wine region. The small city of Sighnaghi is Kakheti’s cultural capital, and it’s the gateway to any visit. As you’re touring, remember that Kakheti’s greatest wines tend not to be found in the open, but in villagers’ backyards, buried underground, awaiting release.
In 2012 Lonely Planet and BBC Travel featured an article on Georgian wine by Marcel Theroux. Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide book publisher in the world.
Originally published at news.hvino.com on October 9, 2015.