Georgian wine belongs to the must-see/try things in Georgia, because it has an iconic significance. If you want to enjoy Georgian traditional wine without visiting the wine regions of Georgia, I have one good address for you in Tbilisi: the wine shop and bar ‘8000 Vintages’. The name indicates the long history of viticulture in my country.
Georgia is called the cradle of winemaking and country of 8000 vintages. There were uncovered clay vessels on Georgian land containing grape seeds dated back to 6000 BC. St. Nino preached Christianity with a cross of grapevine canes – and the “Grapevine Cross became a major symbol of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Because 525 varieties of grape have been identified in the region, as well as several original technologies for wine-making such as the making of wine in clay jars (Qvevri- ქვევრი), Georgian wine was recognized as UNESCO intangible heritage in 2013.
In the Old Town of Tbilisi you will see a lot of wine shops, but mostly they concentrate on tourists. The wine shop and bar 8000 Vintages is located in the urban part of the city, in the district Saburtalo. The wine shop is targeted more towards local people, because the founders believe that local people are the best connoisseurs of Georgian wine. The bar offers master classes every week to support and educate the locals in wine-drinking culture. Well-trained customers are the best motivation for winemakers.