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There Are Several Reasons Why Georgia Should Be on Your Mind

Read the article about Georgia published at online journal VOGUE.
Georgia has long been a collision of cultures, as it borders Russia and Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan, and is fairly close neighbors with Iran. The Arabs, Russians, and Ottomans have all passed through this Silk Road crossroad and have left their mark and influence throughout the years. Geographically, Georgia’s an evocative spot, with the Caucasus Mountains to the north and the Black Sea to the west.

The Rockies, the Alps, the Caucasus? Georgia Plans for the Future

This country has beautiful mountains, dependable snow, hearty food and welcoming people. Now they just need to decide how to build a tourism industry.
I was descending a Georgian mountain pass in a rented Renault Duster when, rounding a curve with six-foot snow drifts to either side, a dark and narrow tunnel came into view. Looking down the mountain, I could see the other end of it — and an apparently endless convoy of eighteen-wheelers making their way up, entering in the opposite direction. I couldn’t imagine how we’d fit alongside each other, but I pressed on, only to find myself in a black hole. The headlights illuminated nothing. I rolled down the window — one of those useless things you do when beginning to panic — and realized that we were in a cloud of black truck exhaust so thick it was blinding.

Why Georgian Wines Are Among The Most Unique On The Planet

When archaeologists last year found traces of winemaking on 8,000-year-old pottery shards in Georgia, the tiny former Soviet republic claimed the crown as the world’s oldest wine producer.

It was an affirmation for many long-standing fans of the country and its winemaking tradition, which is ancient and, at the same time, a grassroots movement. Georgia’s hallmark is white wines that stay in contact with their skins, stalks and pips for months and further ferment in huge clay amphorae (qvevri) buried in the ground. It’s a trend that’s caught on elsewhere in the world, but its deep roots lie in Georgian culture.

Georgia’s Most Beautiful Hiking Trails

Georgia is a paradise for hikers, with its mountains and valleys, unspoiled villages and off-the-beaten-path treks.

Now is a wonderful moment to visit, as recent investment in the hiking infrastructure has made it easier to navigate, but the trails are still quiet and wild enough to feel at one with nature.

Hiking is best enjoyed in the country in late spring and early summer. Before this, travelling to the mountains can be made difficult by melting snow and occasional landslides, while from late July the summer can be very hot. Each trail is different though, and winter offers other options, such as skiing and snowshoeing.
Here are five fantastic hikes to whet your walking appetite.