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New book explores Georgia's ancient roots

Published:  29 June, 2017

Wine writer and the recently named Fortnum & Mason’s Best Drink Writer of 2017 has published his book on Georgian wine.

Miquel Hudin and his co-author Daria Kholodilina began research for the book roughly one year ago with the aim of exploring the region’s ancient roots and tracking its winemaking evolution up to modern times.

The project then received a cash injection after Hudin received the Geoffrey Roberts Award bursary award.

Georgia: A guide to the cradle of wine, forms part of Hudin’s Vinologue enotourism guidebook series which he began in 2007.

It is aimed at anyone with a vinous interest in the region, from beginners to wine professionals. 

Following an extensive research period across the country, the book delves into Georgia’s history as one of the oldest wine-producing countries in the world.

While there is a particular emphasis on the production of and use of the ancient terracotta pots called kvevri (spanning 8,000 years), the book also looks the production of wines in the more international methods of stainless steel and oak, following the modern upswing in interest for Georgian wines.

Hudin, who is Fortnum & Mason Award's Best Drink Writer of 2017 is also a sommelier and wine writer.

Daria Kholodilina is a marketing and tourism expert based in Tbilisi and regular blogger on Georgian food and travel.

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