If you think about where in the world wine was first produced, you will most likely pinpoint (and thank) the Greeks or the Romans. However, a recent study of modern grapes showed that they all descended from a wild grape variety native to the Caucasus Mountains. Where are the Caucasus Mountains you ask? This lush green fertile region is located in Georgia, at the crossroad of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. And it is here that wine was "invented", with not a grape crushing Roman in sight.
Georgia, rich in history, culture and great wines Image: Tamada fb page
Introducing Georgian Wines, a selection of the very best Georgia has to offer from renowned producer, exporter and winner of several prestigious wine awards, Tbilvino. Brought to you by Tamada P/L, the only importers of Georgian wines into Australia, the Georgians have had over 8000 years of practice, with evidence of wine making dating back 6000BC. That's a hell of a lot of wine making experience. Currently exported to over 30 countries word wide, I am surprised these fine wines haven't made it to our shores sooner. Wine connoisseurs and wine lovers will appreciate the unique flavour and aroma derived from the native Georgian grapes. You can read more about the history of Georgian Wines here.
A premium range is now available in Australia, comprising of 12 varieties online and at selected stores. With a sleek bottle and exotic looking label, these wines are a dinner party must, being both a crowd pleaser and conversation starter. Who wouldn't want to try some wine from "where it all began?".
Selected lines are currently available at, Liquor and Wattle, Sydney, Strathfield Cellars, Bourke St Wine Shop, Liquor on Oxford, Darlinghurst Cellars and Glebe Liquor with prices starting around $20. The list of stockists is growing so please check the website for new additions. Alternatively, you can order from the full range via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and enjoy the discounted pricing that comes from ordering direct from the importer.
Keep up to date with all the lastest tasting locations on the Facebook page
WHERE CAN I TRY IT 1. The Good Food & Wine Show Don't miss the opportunity to try these wines at The Good Food and Wine Show at Sydney Olympic Park. Held over 3 days, August 7, 8 & 9, you will be able to taste all their wonderful wines here by visiting their Stand, M29 in the second pavilion. I'm sure you will come home with more than a few bottles.
2. Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival Get into the Georgian spirit by heading down to the Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival to try these wines and stock up for summer. It will be held on 25th October at Wahroonga Park from 11am - 5 pm.
BOTTLE SHOP TASTINGS There are at least two in-store tastings per month at the moment and you can find out the latest store location for scheduled tastings via their Facebook Page