Georgian wine steps up

The cradle of civilisation at the edge of the Black Sea was the true birthplace of wine; and from there, Georgian wine is now embarking on a remarkable revival

22nd January, 2017
Grapes being harvested in a vineyard near Veliscixe in the Kakheti region of Georgia Pic: Getty

We often reference the Ancient Romans or Greeks when attempting to relate a wine region’s history. This ancient origin is not quite the beginning, however, not the true source of wine.

The Greeks and Romans had very strong origin myths for wine, considering it an annual gift from the gods Bacchus and Dionysius. Wine’s true genesis, however, is much more fascinating, and can be linked to the first human remains discovered outside Africa,...

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