Georgia - Worlds Historical Crossroad
From its green valleys spread with vineyards to its old churches and watchtowers perched in fantastic mountain scenery, Georgia (Saqartvelo, საქართველო) is one of the most beautiful countries on earth with a marvelous canvas for walkers, horse riders, cyclists, skiers, rafters and travellers of every kind. Equally special are its proud, high-spirited, cultured people: Georgia claims to be the birthplace of wine, and this is a place where guests are considered as blessings, thus hospitality is the very stuff of life.
Complicated history has given Georgia a wonderful heritage of architecture and arts, from cave cities to ancient cathedrals to the inimitable canvases of Pirosmani. Tbilisi, the capital, is still redolent of an age-old Eurasian crossroads. But this is also a modern and rapidly developing country, with spectacular contemporary buildings, a minimal crime rate and ever-improving facilities for the visitors who are a growing part of its future.
Georgia is one of the world’s oldest wine-producing regions. Wine history began in the Neolithic Period and evidences (such as grape seeds and earthenware fragments dating from 6th century BC) point to Georgia as the cradle of wine production. Scientific analysis has confirmed that they contained acid calcium salt, which means that it could only contain either wine or grape juice.
There are 520 endemic Georgian grape varieties along with unique winemaking technique, which is the oldest in the world and has had an enormous relevance in Georgian culture for thousands of years.
During our convention guests will be able to taste Georgian wines, become part of Georgian culture and traditions that have made Georgian wine industry universally famous. Here you will find wine cellars, small and large factories, and even churches which were specialized in wine production! As you can see, Georgia and wine culture are inextricably linked, and it is more than interesting to explore this small country with big heart on the world’s crossroad!
Convention program will be focused on sharing of unique experiences between guides from different countries.