No romantic evening with your beautiful Russian bride would be complete without a bottle of wine. Naturally, when you think of wine, you likely think of its most famous places of origin – Italy, France, etc. But did you know that the practice of cultivating wine actually began in Georgia?
For thousands of years, in fact, the lush green valleys of the South Caucasus mountains have been a prime location for grape-growing, toasting and of course wine drinking. The earliest wine cultivation in Georgia is thought to have taken place between 7,000 and 8,000 years ago. Archeologists have unearthed ceramic jugs in southern Georgia that indicate that the region was involved in wine cultivation well before the European countries.
Today, growing conditions remain perfect for wine cultivation – with fertile soil, warm summers and mild winters. Wine is a symbol of national pride for the Georgian people, who include wine as part of nearly every meal and use it to mark just about every occasion – from weddings to funerals to childbirth.
During the Soviet era, the wine industry suffered losses due to a national government crackdown on alcohol consumption. Many wineries and grape farms were shut down. Recent years, however, have seen the Georgian wine industry on the rebound as wine drinkers the world over can’t get enough of the wine from its original source.