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Welcome to Georgia – the country with the ancient culture and hospitable people!

Our company invites you to spend interesting time with IGS Travel to Georgia, as we follow the mission to develop the educational-cognitive and intellectual tourism along with cultural, historical, sightseeing, wine tourism, entertaining, adventurous and other touristic sectors.

So travel with us and get acquainted with Georgia, borderline country between Europe and Asia, with its ethnological-psychological diversity and uniqueness, its ancient ethnographical-mythological worldviews, depth of philosophical refinements and cognitive interests reflected in its unique culture and history.

Travel with us and uncover Georgia!

Travel with us and fall in love with this mysterious country!

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Georgia, a land at the foothills of the Caucasus, located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, surrounded by Russia, the Black Sea, Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, is the cradle of wine. Archeological evidence points out that viniculture took place in Georgia around 6000 BC with more than 500 grape varietals.

An antique Kvevri (Qvevri) used to ferment wines, these 300-500 decalitre jugs (large earthenware vessels used for the fermentation, storage and ageing of traditional Georgian wine) would have been buried in the ground up to near the top in order to control temperature.

In 2013 UNESCO added the “Ancient Georgian traditional Qvevri wine-making method” to its list of intangible cultural heritage.

There are linguists who claim that the word "wine" derives from the Georgian root “Gvin”.

At the London wine museum Vinopolis Georgia was in the honorable first section, which was called "Georgia - the cradle of wine".

Georgia has been acknowledged as the birthplace of wine by many archeologists, associations and research organizations. For example, an atlas "The Vintner's Art” (NY 1992) by Hugh Johnson and James Holiday contains the following:

“Where was it first used to make wild wine? No one knows. But archaeology can point out the place where it was first cultivated. The scientific evidence (like the Book of Genesis) points to the foothills of the Caucasus. Georgia has produced the earliest evidence of vine selection and hence the emergence of the cultivated variety: Vitis vinifera sativa. Carbon-dating puts this change to domestication at about 5,000 BC. Mankind was therefore still in the Stone Age when he first cultivated the vine - and presumably made wine.”

Wine expert and author of the world's best wine guide, Oz Clarke agrees. The text, attached to the map, made by him, reads:

“The soldiers, settlers and traders who carried vine cuttings in their saddlebags from the Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean merely wanted something to trade and something civilized to drink. The World's divers wine was the result.”

According to the author’s map, wine making first entered in Syria from Georgia, then Egypt and Italy and then in Western Europe.

The cult of the grapevine is closely connected with the spread of Christianity in Georgia. In the 4th century AD the Enlightener of Georgia St. Nino started preaching Christianity here with the grapevine cross secured by entwining it with her own hair. Obviously, the grapevine in Georgia was considered a divine symbol to reach the sacral mysteries during paganism, and turning the grapevine into a cross became a symbol of the nation's communion to higher spiritual knowledge, to Christ after its Christianization. It is noteworthy that none of Christian countries has "the cult of the grapevine", except Georgia.    




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