Wine has been cultivated in the Eastern part of Georgia for about 8000 years and the country boasts over 500 varieties of endemic grapes and the world’s first cultivated grapevines, making it a popular wine-tasting destination. The ancient Georgian winemaking method using Qvevri clay jars has now been added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. It is also believed that the word “wine” originated from the Georgian word “ghvino”.
Hot sulfur baths have come from the earth for many centuries in Tbilisi. The city is built on top of thermal springs, hence the name, ‘Tbilisi’ in Georgian which means ‘warm’. The sulphur springs are a big tourist attraction in Georgia and many people visit regularly for a soak, scrub and traditional massage beneath the domed roofs. If you're a fan of sulfur baths Tbilisi is a great place to get your fix.
Music and Dance
Georgia has a rich heritage of folk song and dance and seeing a live show is a popular highlight of a visit to the country. There’s a huge range of entertainment on offer, from live folk and jazz music to Georgian national dance. There is also the opportunity to listen to Georgia’s UNESCO-listed polyphonic chanting; Georgian church or folk polyphony in which three voices flow in perfect harmony, representing The Holy Trinity.
Top Places to Visit
The city where the East meets the West enchants with its history, colorful architecture and dynamic lifestyle. Located in a dramatic valley setting, the city impresses with an unique mix of natural beauty and its picturesque Old Town and eclectic Art Nouveau architecture. Not to forget the world-famous thermal baths that gave the city its name by the old Georgian word for 'warm', Tbilisi.
Nestled high in the Greater Caucasus Mountains, the Upper Svaneti province (UNESCO World Heritage) is an exceptional example of mountain scenery scattered with medieval type villages. The area is so remote that it was never tamed by any ruler. Symbol of Svaneti are the defensive stone towers (koshki), most originally built between the 9th and 13th centuries. More than 200 koshkis have been preserved to this day.
Commonly known as Kazbegi, this settlement is located at the foot of Mt. Kazbek (5047m), one of the highest and most beautiful peaks of the Caucasus, where Prometheus was chained according to an old Greek legend. Stepantsminda location is absolutely stunning and the city makes the ideal starting point for hikes and bike tours through the surrounding mountains and valleys.
While being the main port of Georgia at the Black Sea coastline, the city is mainly a getaway for tourists, drawn in by the subtropical climate, pebble beaches, and hot sulfur springs that rise in the region. Also known as the "Las Vegas of the East", Batumi offers a variety of architectural styles that reflect the city's long and eventful history. A particularly eye-catching attraction is the alphabet tower, a modern, 130-meter-high structure with the 33 letters of the unique Georgian alphabet depicted on the sides.
The old capital and religious centre of Georgia lies on the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers. The city's old churches are rated as outstanding examples of medieval religious architecture in the Caucasus. Moreover, it is the most sacred pilgrimage city in Georgia and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Georgia's wine region in the Eastern part of the country is famous for its traditional 8000 years old viniculture (UNESCO World Heritage) and for the genuine hospitality. Ancient sites reach from the Tuscan-looking hillside town of Sighnaghi to the monastery cave complex of Davit Gareja. But also beautiful forests, alpine lakes, waterfalls, vast plains, and even a radiant desert can be found here.