Wild grapes have grown in the southern Russia since time immortal. It was during these ancient times the first signs of viticulture and cultivation were founded. The grapes quickly adapted to these climates and the beginnings of trade began with Greece. Side note: Did you know that grapes can be found on every continent except Antarctica. There is evidence that suggests that the earliest domestication of grapes occurred in Armenia and Georgia. The oldest-known winery ever discovered was in a cave in Vayots Dzor, Armenia. The site contained a wine press, fermentation vats, jars, and cups that dated back to 4100 BC. Here in this post I’ll share with you two regions that grow some of the finest grapes in the world.
Life in Georgia
Georgia is known as the motherland of wine. But the real mother of the drink is Kakheti
– the eastern region of the country.
In this country of wine-lovers, everyone agrees that the very best wines come from the fertile easternmost part of Georgia, called by Dumas “the garden province of Kakheti.” In some ways, little has changed since his time – horse-drawn carts are a frequent sight on the quiet country roads, the fields are dotted with hayricks, the rivers wind untrammeled through green pastures and the sweet grapes are still harvested by hand.
But wine is not all that Kakheti has to offer – the rich history of the region has bequeathed to us some of Georgia’s finest examples of church architecture. Add to this the friendliness and easy-going hospitality of the people and you will understand why a visit to Kakheti is always a pleasure.
Life in Kabardino-Balkaria
Chateau Erken is a winery situated in Urvanskiy district of Kabardino-Balkaria; the winery is becoming more and more of an attraction for tourists due to it’s beautiful surroundings and picturesque castle. The following video will give you a little taste of Chateau Erken.