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Vinoground

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Vinoground

A great place in Tbilisi to taste Georgian wine is Vinoground. The store is located in a 300-year-old wine cellar in the Old Town, and, as befits a proper Georgian oasis of hospitality, guests are treated to a wine tasting as soon as they enter the door. In addition, it’s all for free...although, after experiencing the influence of both the wine and the stories, the probability that you’ll leave without buying anything is very small. The owner immediately senses each guest’s particular interest in fluids and knowledge thereof and quickly offers him or her one wine after the other, all accompanied by stories. And the Georgians are wonderful storytellers. For example, it is said that children who were evacuated from the Chernobyl nuclear exclusion zone to Tbilisi were made to drink a bottle a day (yes, yes, believe it or not!) of wine made from Saperavi grapes, which is said to have blood-enhancing properties. And none of these children has since suffered from radiation-induced leukaemia. After a story like that, how can you not buy a bottle of this elixir? But real Georgian wines have plenty of character, too. At first taste, a certain slightly dusty bottle of 2009 Saperavi, which won first place in the Georgian family wine festival, tastes distinctly of peppermint and chocolate. But a second later, the taste buds contract in response to the bitterness. In short, don’t judge a book by its cover.

Vino Underground was the first wine bar in Tbilisi focussing only on natural Georgian wines. It is owned by six of the best-known producers of natural wines in the country. The interior of the wine cellar is decorated with many humorous wine-related expressions such as “Wine is like opera – you can enjoy it even if you don’t understand it!” In all, Vino Underground has wines from over 50 small wineries.

Erekli II Street

12/2015

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