As I discussed the recent trip around Kakheti with my friend Levan, who was about to host four Poles, I was afraid that there would be too much drinking. Kakheti is the main winemaking region of Georgia, wineries are on every step, and if you travel there with a driver, your chances to finish you day being drunk and happy are very high. Though in the end it was planned it in a cool way, which allows the guests to see things and have some time for themselves. So if you travel around Kakheti with a car for two days,
Georgia is so small that many people are unaware of the fact that the regions of the country are quite different from each other. So is the typical cuisine of those regions. It is totally understandable that people might know know it. But would you order a Wiener wurst in Hamburg or have a pasta napolitana in Milano? My post about traditional Kakhetian table is for those who made That Face like “how comes you just said that!” right now 🙂
The closer harvest time is, the happier I am about that old wise decision to move to Georgia. I have to admit: my love to wine is very difficult to hide, and I am really anticipating this beautiful season, as grapes will be squeezed, put to qvevris (special clay amphoras) and then under the ground, and fresh churchkhela will be sold for hilarious price at every corner. The air will become cooler and clearer, it’s gonna be so pleasant to sit in one of old city wineries with a glass of something straw-coloured, amber or ruby red, something fruity, berry or citrus
Usually while gathering ideas for a vacation in Georgia, people rather think of mountains, hiking, trekking and maybe Georgian wine. It is all true, but actually there are some little spa gems hidden between green mountains and picturesque lakes. Doesn’t matter, if your trip to Georgia is for business or leisure: you should definitely find at least one day for discovering one of those places! Actually, the most known spa region in Georgia is Borjomi, a small town in the Southern part of the country, rich on mineral and thermal springs. Borjomi water is one of the main export items;
As you are traveling around Georgia, you notice that each region has its own colour, or at least its own shade. From yellowish green of Gareji through moss green of Tusheti and forest green Imereti to emerald green of Megrelian subtropics – you will never see an identical colour and landscape as you trip. Georgia offers dozens of different paths for beginners and advanced hikers; it is also possible to reach some remote places with horses or cars. I list some beautiful places to awake your wanderlust.
Harvest time is a really special time in Georgia: grapes, viticulture and winemaking are essential for the local culture. You won’t be wrong, if you call wine the blood of the Georgian folk. It takes a lot of time and effort to produce it, and harvest symbolizes the transition from hard work to idle mode, as future wine is fermenting under the ground in qvevris, huge clay pots. I’ve been dreaming about Rtveli (harvest) since I came here for the first time, but it didn’t work out somehow. Now it was a perfect chance to experience it myself after years of waiting.
So called Indian summer is a great time for scheduling your wedding or honeymoon. Want to start your official family life in an unforgettable way, experience bright sweet emotional moments together and not to travel the world and the seven seas? Georgia is your best option then. Not just because you can register your marriage 24/7 in so called city of love, Sighnaghi. Love lives in every corner of Georgia, if you look carefully. And you can find a corner for yourself!Photo: Anna Dobrokvalova, Tbilisi Portraits
What I love about my research for WHY GEORGIA, is that I’m constantly getting pumped with inspiration. Meeting people I can learn things from, discovering things I wouldn’t believe existed. Let’s say, there is a place which is growing to a real cultural hub of Eastern Georgia, not being a fortress from XI century or an important religious object. It is located in Udabno, a village which sprang up after the experimental relocating of several Svan families from their remote green mountainous villages to this dry fruitless area, in order to create kind of a defensing point against possible threat from Azeri side.
Those who have been to Georgia already, should check the list, and if some things are missing, just come and see or experience them. And if you have never been here – don’t miss your chance to be inspired!
Only those who read this blog carefully can remember that sometimes there pops up a superhero called Saperaviman, strong, energizing and intoxicating, who fights against evil powers, drinks saperavi and never feels hangover. I mean, of course that’s me. And this weekend I decided to fight against sadness in my mum’s head, and brought her to Kakheti with help of my friend Levan, who usually organizes more extreme and challenging trips. But who said that fighting against sadness is not challenging? So, we went to Kakheti, Eastern Georgian rural region famous for its wines. The landscapes there is totally different