Grape pips from cultivated vines were found in the Caucasus Mountains more than 8,000 years ago. Then viticulture moved down into the Taurus Mountains and the highlands of Georgia. The roots of Georgian viticulture have been traced back by archeology to 6,000 BC, when local tribes discovered that wild grape juice could turn into wine when buried in clay vessels (the famous “kvevri”) through the winter.
Blessed fertile soil, natural and pure springs from the Caucasus Mountains, sunny summers and mild frost winters, new techniques of wine–making and Christianization helped Georgian wines to spread over the country and thousands of kilometres away.
These conditions also contributed to make wine a true element of the Georgian identity. The cult of wine lies deep within the hearts and the blood of all Georgians, within their religion and spiritual life as well as in their daily happiness.
Old Tbilisi has inherited the legacy of this historical know-how and cultural expression, transmitted from generation to generation. The Old Tbilisi wines express the identity of Georgia and its wonderful and cheerful capital city