Georgia is a country that shares a northern border with Russia, established in the classical era and going through many changes over the centuries.
Eventually, it became part of the Russian Empire, and then the Soviet Union. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia attempted to annex the country in 2008. The war lasted 5 days before Russia withdrew.
As such, Georgia has its own unique history and culture.
Georgia is home to several world heritage sites such as Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, which dates back to the 11th century.
Tourists can visit the cathedral, and will learn that not only was it a church, the structure is where Georgian kings were anointed and buried when they died.
Visitors can also learn the story of Jesus Christ’s robe, which is allegedly buried underneath the cathedral.
However, there’s more to Georgia than old buildings.
The culinary culture of Georgia is one of the country’s most fascinating features.
Historically, the region was part of the Silk Road, which was a trading route between Europe and Asia. As a result, people from both parts of the world brought there culinary traditions with them.
One of Georgias most popular dishes is Khachapuri. This doughy delight is a cheese-filled bread, typically with butter and an egg in the middle.
Tare off a piece and dive into the savory middle for a taste of Georgia.
Visitors are encouraged to try another one of Georgia’s most popular dishes, Khinkali.
Khinkali are steamed dumplings that are filled with meat, vegetables, or cheese. Tourists are encouraged to slurp the broth from the dumplings before eating them.
Georgia is littered with vineyards, and you’re going to need something to wash down all that savory Georgian cuisine.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Georgian culture is that archeologists have recently learned that the first wine was likely made in the region 8,000 years ago.
Kakheti is Georgias primary wine producing region, and one of the most popular wineries in the area is Shumi Winery.
The tour of the winery is free, and includes a free wine tasting at the end of the tour. Tasting wine where the beverage was first fermented in the world is sure to be a unique experience.