Georgia has over 500 indigenous wine grape varieties and Georgia is one of the oldest – probably THE oldest – wine-producing nations on earth, with 8,000 years of unbroken grape growing and winemaking heritage.  So why is it that the grape varieties from this cradle of wine are mostly unfamiliar to so many of us? And why is it that the grape varieties of the cradle of wine are so different and apparently unrelated to even the oldest varieties of Europe? And how can we put the wine styles and flavours of Georgian grapes into a context that makes sense to those brought up on the classical, or even the esoteric, western European canon?

Georgia is deeply ancient, but also exuberantly dynamic, and her wines are just the same. We will be tasting a wide range of Georgian wine that show why so many European wine buyers are getting excited about the treasure of native varieties and contemporary, refreshing wines. We will taste a range of styles, from crisp aromatic whites, to complex skin-contact ambers, to lush qvevri reds, modern sleek dry reds, and maybe even some traditional – high quality – off-dry reds.

This Webinar – open to up to 100 registrants – explores Georgian grape varieties, where to find them, how to understand them, and how they relate to familiar European grapes. This format is a theoretical exploration of the history, planting, survival and wine styles of Georgian grape varieties. We give examples of key wines, regional characteristics, typical winemaking treatments in both classic and qvevri methods, and listings of importers and wholesalers with example wines in the UK.


The webinar has been developed for those working in the wine and hospitality trades, media and wine education, with a particular focus on the UK market. But all are welcome.


This event is hosted by Swirl & Market, part of Swirl Wine Group on behalf of the National Wine Agency of Georgia



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Closer than you think: Georgian Grape Varieties




Wed, 17th June, 2020

  • 3pm – 4:30pm British Summer Time
  • 10am – 11:30am EDT
  • 6pm – 7:30pm Georgian Time


Zoom Webinar