The Soon-To-Be-Discovered Republic of Georgia

The Soon-To-Be-Discovered Republic of Georgia

In the April 7, 2016 edition of the Wall Street Journal, writer Tara Isabella Burton asks the intriguing question, “Is the Country of Georgia the Next Great Wine Destination?”

Georgian wines are starting to get worldwide attention Photo: Mariana Noble

Georgian wines are starting to get worldwide attention, here at Pheasant’s Tears Winery
Photo: Mariana Noble

And MIR answers, “Well, yes, actually.” We’ve been in love with Georgia for years, creating a specialized food, wine and culture tour (A Taste of Georgia) that scours the country in search of its deepest and richest natural wines, its most erudite winemakers, and its finest, most fantastic food – to go along with the wine, of course.

Wine was meant to accompany food, says vigneron and MIR host John Wurdeman, who founded the wonderful Pheasant’s Tears winery and restaurant. His full-bodied natural wines, fermented and aged in traditional clay vessels called qvevri, can stand up to the robust flavors of Georgian cuisine.

More Highlights of GeorgiaAdded to this mouthwatering legacy, Georgia also boasts one of perhaps 20 true alphabets in the world, the site of the oldest homo erectus skulls, a haunting tradition of polyphonic singing that can raise the hair on your arms, and some of the lengthiest and most succulent feasts on earth.

But don’t take our word for it. MIR traveler Linda Hamlin spent 13 days on our latest A Taste of Georgia tour, and here’s what she had to say:

“I definitely have an affinity for Georgia – it speaks to me in a way that is hard to describe. It has everything I look for in a trip: architecture, food, landscape, people, music, wine and a fascinating history…a window into a culture that is rich in life (food, plants, animals, music, wine, village, community) if not in material riches.”

We like to call the country of Georgia an “as-yet undiscovered little gem.” But that’s about to change. Georgia’s many virtues will be broadcast to the world soon, via celebrated chef, author and traveler, Anthony Bourdain.

“You Should Come Here.” – Anthony Bourdain On May 22, a new episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown about gorgeous Georgia will be airing. In his characteristically appreciative way, he’ll show you what traveling in Georgia is all about, and reveal what he discovers about the wine, the cuisine and the people of Georgia. Be sure to watch Anthony feasting and toasting in one of our favorite countries. Then, come to visit.

Learn More About GeorgiaWe’ve written reams about the Republic of Georgia in our blog:

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 Travel to Georgia with MIR

MIR has 30 years of unmatched destination expertise and travel planning experience, hand-crafting tours to Georgia and the South Caucasus since 1986. Fall in love with this part of the world on MIR’s small group tours to Georgia:

Or, consider a custom, private journey. We love to take your ideas and weave them into a personalized trip tailored especially for you, matching your specifications of place, pace, duration and date.

Prefer that we suggest an itinerary for you? Our series of pre-planned Flexible Essential Private Journeys are classic independent itineraries already researched and ready to book.

Or, try a Rail Journey by Private Train:

Top Photo: Gorgeous Georgia is truly a travelers dream. Photo: Peter Guttman

PUBLISHED: May 19, 2016

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