Best in Travel: We’re not the only ones in love with the Republic of Georgia
Georgia is one of our favorite countries – and we’re not the only ones who feel that way, it seems.
Travel experts agree it’s a gorgeous place, boasting fabulous food, music, and mountains. Its warm Mediterranean climate, deep black soil, saw-toothed mountains and Black Sea coast combine to make Georgia a Garden of Eden, overflowing with wine and rich in culinary flair – everything you could wish for in a destination. Most recently, Vogue, Afar, and T (The New York Times style magazine) have shared their enthusiastic recommendations for travel to Georgia.
1. Vogue magazine
None other than Vogue magazine recently tapped Georgia as the #1 Hottest Travel Destination of 2017.
“Georgia (the country, not the state) has gotten buzz in recent years for its surprisingly great wine scene. But a stellar bottle of vino is just one reason to visit. The capital, Tbilisi, with its young, creative class and Brooklyn-esque undertones, has emerged as a hub of cool.” (read more)
2. Afar Magazine
Anya von Bremzen, author of Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking, asked the question, “Is Georgia the World’s Most Welcoming Country?” in the travel magazine, Afar.
“‘Welcome to our Republic of Georgia,’ the passport stamper had exclaimed, apparently genuinely delighted to see us. We’ve arrived in the world’s most compulsively hospitable country. Here, a visitor is considered a gift from God.” (read more)
This Georgia-centric article lauds several of the people and places featured in MIR’s small group tour, A Taste of Georgia, including vigneron (winemaker) and restaurateur John Wurdeman. A polyphonic singer, artist, and owner of the now famous Pheasant’s Tears Winery and Restaurant, Wurdeman leads MIR travelers through vineyards and restaurants, singing along with traditional performers and playing the thoroughly Georgian role of tamada, or toastmaster at feasts.
Von Bremzen talks about Iago Bitarishvili and the revival of the 8,000-year-old method of making wine in Georgia, recently added to UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
“Iago outlines his startlingly artisanal vinification method. Pick grapes at a bacchanalian harvest. Stomp them with your feet in a wooden trough. Dump them into a qvevri along with the “mother” (the skin and the seeds)—then wait.”
You can sample the food, wine, song, culture, and scenery of Georgia on MIR’s A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture.
3. New York Times Style Magazine, T
In the August 2016 New York Times style magazine, T, Gisela Williams called Georgia the California of the Caucasus.
“Back when Georgia — a country bordered by the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains — was behind the Iron Curtain, it was fancied the California of the U.S.S.R. Slightly smaller in size than South Carolina, but with impressively diverse terrain, this fertile country had a reputation for producing exceptional fruits and vegetables, superb wines and talented filmmakers.” (read more)
She writes about the country’s wonderful cuisine, saying, “You can taste the world in the local dishes.”
Learn More About Georgia
Want to know more about travel to Georgia? You might enjoy these blog posts:
- 4 Reasons to Fall in Love with Georgia (with a video)
- The Soon-To-Be-Discovered Republic of Georgia
- Georgia’s Wine Country
- Megrelian Cuisine
- Phoka Nunnery and Village
- Georgian Polyphonic Singing (with a video)
- Master of the Toast (with a video)
- How to Eat A Georgian Table Feast
You might also be interested in:
- 7 Reasons to go to Georgia Now
- What to Know Before You Go to Georgia
- What our Clients Have to Say About Traveling to Georgia with MIR
- A Photo Essay of Georgia’s Culinary Traditions and Culture
- Republic of Dance: Passing It On in Signagi, Georgia (with a video)
- 6 Reasons to Visit Svaneti – Georgia’s Undiscovered and Unrivaled Mountain Region (with a video)
Travel to Georgia with MIR
MIR has more than 30 years of unmatched destination expertise and travel planning experience, hand-crafting tours to Georgia and the South Caucasus since 1986. You can sample the food, wine, song, culture, and scenery of Georgia on MIR’s A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture.
You can also opt to travel on your dates and at your pace on one of MIR’s private independent trips or on a private journey of Georgia, customized to your desired dates and style.
Chat with one of our destination specialists by email or by phone at 1-800-424-7289 to start planning your 2017 travels now.
Top Photo: The view from Signagi in eastern Georgia Photo credit: James Carnehan
PUBLISHED: January 30, 2017