Georgia has 8000 vintages under her belt, but not much more than 8 years of exporting to the UK market. Until 2006, the majority of Georgian wine was exported easily to eager markets in Russia and other countries of Eastern Europe, where Georgian wine is long famous and highly prized. In 2006, Russia banned imports of Georgian wine. It was seen at the time as a body blow to the Georgian wine industry, but (typically) the Georgians found triumph in disaster. Since 2007, Georgian winemakers have been focused on new export markets.
Gradually, Georgian wine is becoming more available in the UK, not just from excellent specialist importers, but also from high-street names including Marks and Spencer, and Waitrose.
Taste of Georgia
Georgian Eka Cox swapped a career in finance to set up this blossoming specialist importer of wines from her homeland.
The UK importer and retailer of Marani, one of Georgia’s biggest and most established wineries. Marani make just about every style of Georgian wine, so this is a good place to get a feel for the range of terroirs and appellations from a single producer.
Possibly the best wine store in the world? This Mayfair wine shop is heaven for wine lovers, with a stunning range of wines at surprisingly accessible prices. Has a good range of Georgian wine in store, and sells nationally via the website.