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Expert’s choice: Discovering wines from Georgia

With the world’s longest history of winemaking, and distinctive styles including amber wines, it is perhaps surprising that Georgia isn’t better known – but that’s changing now, says Carla Capalbo.

Georgia’s place is well deserved as the birthplace of winemaking, originating more than 8,000 years ago.

With a UNESCO-recognised, clay-vessel vinification method and more than 470 native grape varieties, it’s great that Georgia’s traditional and modern wines are now far more widely available.

Scroll down for Carla Capalbo’s tasting notes and scores for 18 top wines from Georgia

I sampled nearly 50 wines imported to Britain from Georgian producers small and large.

They divide roughly into two groups: traditional, including amber, wines made by family producers in clay qvevri – hand-made coil pots buried in the ground – and contemporary, ‘European-style’ wines from Georgian grapes made by larger wineries favouring steel tanks and wood barrels that can offer a bridge to less familiar tastes and styles.

See Carla Capalbo’s top 18 wines from Georgia

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