Georgia the Cradle of Viticulture

Year 2017
Publication Type Scientific Papers

Publication: Georgia the Cradle of Viticulture 

Scientific Editor: David Lordkipanidze
Hardcopy of the publication "Georgia the Cradle of Viticulture" was printed in Georgia, Printing house: CEZANNE, ISBN: 978-9941-0-7865-1, © Georgian National Museum. 2017 


Review: Wine and Georgian Identity

by: David Lordkipanidze


Georgia is distinguished by its magnificent landscapes, diverse and unique endemic fauna and flora, and five climate zones that range from the humid sub-tropical on the Black Sea to the rural wetlands, high plateau and alpine regions, and even to the semi-desert areas of the southeast. Its rich natural resources have supported uninterrupted human habitation for thousands of years.


Georgian language belongs to the Caucasian (Kartvelian) language family. It has its own particular alphabet, created in the 4th century AD. In Georgian, people refer to the country as "Sakartvelo", or the land of the Kartvels (Georgians). The name "Georgia" was given to the country by Europeans, and is linked to the Greek word georgos, meaning farmer and ‒ by extension ‒ winegrower.


In this publication, you will be able to read a beautifully written story about Georgian Wine written by National Geographic author and twice Pulitzer winner, Paul Salopek, who traveled to Georgia a few years ago as a part of his Out of Eden Walk around the globe. You can have a glance at the highlights of the exhibition, "Georgia, the cradle of Wine" and read the scientific research paper on key issued published in November 2017 in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

Electronic version of the publication find on the webpage: National Geographic Georgia