10 Reasons to Consider Georgia for Your Next Foodie Adventure

Your Next Foodie Adventure

Georgia is rapidly making a big name for itself on the “world’s most exciting food and drink” map.

Home to an exceptional array of ingredients and a unique blend of diverse influences, this historic area in the Caucasus serves up some of the world’s most distinctive dishes - and even more outstanding wine!  Making Georgia a MUST for those in search of an exclusive new food and drink experience…

The grape has sacred significance

Wine production – said to date back 8,000 years – is a symbol of national identity for Georgia’s 4 million inhabitants. Proven by the numerous archaeological discoveries made in this area, Georgia is considered the cradle of wine. That’s why wine is a badge of pride and a symbol of hospitality - central to religious services and family life and consumed in copious quantities.

Head for Kakheti wine country

Fast becoming the hot new destination for sophisticated wine enthusiasts, this verdant valley in the Caucasus mountains hasn’t changed much since the writer Dumas fell in love with its horse-drawn carts, hayricks, winding rivers, green pastures and rich cultural life.

Soak up a Supra

A supra is a traditional Georgian feast – a key part of the country’s social culture. Proceedings revolve around lengthy toasts so the Tamada (or toastmaster) is usually an intelligent, sharp-witted person with a good sense of humour. Georgian hospitality is the stuff of legends: as a guest, you’ll be served first and honoured with many fulsome toasts throughout. There is a famous proverb in Georgia: “Every guest is a gift from God”, which says a lot about their hospitality.

Keep your glass half full

The Tamada must empty his glass with each toast, and no guest’s glass - or ram’s horn for drinking – must ever be less than half full.

Catch a Khachapuri and try ChurChkhela

This steaming cheese bread is a national favourite, forming a vital part of every supra. Away from the feasting, a mighty slice of khachapuri is often considered a meal in itself. Called a churchkhela - these sausage shaped titbits are made of grape must (grape juice that also contains the skins, seeds, vines, etc.), nuts and flour. Other local delicacies include khinkali soup dumplings and tkemali - a sour plum, garlic and herb sauce.

Delve into the rich history

Kakheti has a dramatic past. Unmissable sights include the incredible monastery complex of Davit Gareja, the hilltop town of Sighnaghi and the many beautiful churches and castles around the main town of Telavi.

Live like a Prince

Book a stay at the exceptional, new Radisson Collection Tsinandali Estate Hotel. Set in the heart of Kakheti, the Tsinandali palace was the home of Prince Alexander Chavchavadze, one of the most colourful characters in Georgian history. Born in 1786, Chavchavadze was an acclaimed linguist and poet who brought European wine making techniques to Georgia – along with the grand piano, horse-drawn carriage and billiards.

Enjoy inspirational get-togethers

The Tsinandali Estate Hotel is now also home to an atmospheric open-air amphitheater - holding up to 1200 guests - for unforgettable weddings, concerts and conferences.

Or just relaaax..

The iconic Radisson Collection Hotel, Tsinandali Estate Georgia is the perfect destination to unwind in a gorgeous natural setting. Surrounded by vineyards - with a unique vinotheque, wine-tasting bar and Prince Chavchavadze’s personal wine collection - it offers an authentically Georgian experience. All 141 serene guest rooms and suites have magnetizing views. Add in the rooftop infinity pool overlooking the Caucasus Mountains, a choice of elegant restaurants and a contemporary spa for a truly exceptional experience.

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