Georgian History, Nature, and Wine Tour
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Home to subtropical beaches and Olympic-grade ski mountains, Georgia spans between the Black Sea and the Caspian with the mighty Caucasus in the middle. It's a land that's been making history for several thousand years, and wine for even longer. Yet to most outsiders, it's still an unknown destination.
GoBe will get you caught up quickly as you visit Gonio-Apsaros Fortress, a coastal stronghold that several world-dominating empires have occupied and renovated over the millennia. Your guide will help you decode the fortress's layers to reveal parts from the Romans period, others from the Byzantine and Turkish eras, and aspects that tie back to this region's ancient Colchis roots.
Gonio also guards enduring legends: it's known as the place where Apsaros, son of King Ayet, was buried after having been slain by Jason, leader of the Argonauts, during the quest for the Golden Fleece. The remains of the apostle Matthew are also believed to rest there.
A steep drive into lush ravines shifts the scenery as you head up to the mountain wine chateau – catching jaw-dropping views of mossy Makhunseti Waterfall along the way; at 165 feet, it's Georgia's tallest cascade.
Archeological evidence of winemaking in this country dates back some 8,000 years. After all that practice, they've got it down: Georgian wines are ranked among the world's best. There at this Adjara vineyard, you'll sample a unique Porto Franco produced from locally-grown Chkhaveri grapes, accompanied by traditional khajapuri cheese bread.
Once you've gotten this taste of it, you're sure to have Georgia on your mind for a long time to come.
Chacha for two, please
Reaching back 80 centuries, Georgia's winemaking history beats the pants off any other country's. Its fine wines are universally served at tables throughout the former Soviet Union, but still not well known in the West, though that's changing. What's unlikely to make its way west anytime soon is Georgia's even more favorite drink – chacha, essentially homebrewed moonshine. Usually hand bottled and sold in corner markets, it's said to be great for whatever ails you. Who are we to disagree?
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