When talking about Georgian wine, you can’t help but be in awe of its rich history. Georgia has been producing wine for 8,000 years making them the oldest producers in the world. Georgian wine is unique because of the country’s diverse soil composition and geographic regions. This combination of terroir helps create a unique flavor from wine to wine.
For Georgian wine, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy this unique beverage:
Pick a Wine: You should start by looking at the main types of Georgian wine available. The most commonly found Georgian wines include Rkatsiteli, Saperavi, and Kisi. These are table wines that can come in a variety of styles, such as dry, semi-sweet, and sweet.
Pick Your Glassware: Georgian wines are traditionally served in large clay mugs called qvevri, however, they can also be enjoyed in a tulip-shaped glass. This shape allows the Georgian wine to breathe and enhances its aroma.
Serve at the right temperature: When serving white Georgian wines it is best served light chill of around 0-4°C. This cool temperature helps to bring out the Georgian wine’s natural aromas and will ensure it remains crisp and refreshing. However red Georgian wines should be served at room temperature.
Let it breathe: To ensure the best taste experience possible, you should also consider decanting your Georgian wine before drinking. Decanting helps to aerate the wine; this will allow the full flavor of the Georgian wine to be enjoyed and appreciated.
Pair with Georgian cuisine: Georgian wine pairs perfectly with the country's rich and flavorful cuisine, which includes dishes like khachapuri (cheese-filled bread) and khinkali (dumplings filled with meat or cheese).
When drinking Georgian wine, it's important to appreciate the history and tradition behind it. This ancient Georgian winemaking method has been passed down from generation to generation and is a source of pride for Georgians. Take the time to appreciate and experience notes of fruit, floral, and/or earthy flavors and revel in the momentary escape that comes with each sip.