Georgia is a country located in the Caucasus region. It formed a part of the former Soviet Union from 1922 to 1991.The capital and largest city is Tbilisi.
Georgia is situated between the Greater Caucusus and Lesser Caucasus mountain ranges. It is a democratic republic. It is a member of the Council of Europe and the GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development, along with Azerbaijan, Moldova and Ukraine.
Georgia has been producing wine for 8,000 years. And since gaining independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the country has come to embrace its winemaking culture and heritage. Over the past 25 years there’s been a shift from producing tons of mass commodity wine to a revival in organic wine production. Filip Warwick reports.
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China is searching for new transport routes to Western markets. One crosses Central Asia and passes through Georgia, which is the only country in the region which has a free trade agreement with China and the European Union. Beijing is one of Georgia's most important trading partners – and is investing millions in Georgian businesses and infrastructure.
Georgia, situated between the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea, is one of the oldest wine regions in the world. The roots of Georgian viticulture date back at least 8,000 years. And the traditional winemaking method using clay jars is on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Filip Warwick reports on Georgia, the cradle of wine.