Why Georgia's Wine Industry is Seeing a Renaissance

Alaverdi orthodox monastery and vineyard in Kakhetia region in Eastern Georgia |   Shutterstock

Alaverdi orthodox monastery and vineyard in Kakhetia region in Eastern Georgia | Shutterstock

Super fermented natural wines are on the rise. Although these white wines are now trending, Georgia ( the country not the state) wineries have been producing wine this way since the very beginning.

Georgia, the tiny former Soviet republic, is known for its unique white wines and is finally being noticed around the world for them.

“What’s happening now is a revival,” said Alice Feiring, author of "For the Love of Wine: My Odyssey Through the World’s Most Ancient Wine Culture" to "Forbes."

Move over France and Napa Valley. After archaeologists in Georgia found traces of winemaking in 8,000-year-old pottery shards, the country was deemed the world's oldest producer.

As today's wine drinkers become more and more adventurous, wines that stay in contact with their skins, stalks, and pips for months, producing a more complex flavor are growing in popularity.

Georgia's wineries are unlike any others in the world and wine is woven into the culture.

“There’s something very particular about how Georgians love wine,” said Noel Brockett, director of sales at the Georgian Wine House in Washington, D.C. to "Forbes.'“It’s a little eccentric but then you start looking into it and once you do, you’re truly amazed—it’s such an integral part of the culture and everyday life.”

Although the small country has a long history of winemaking and has 8,000 vintages, it doesn't have a global reputation like Italy and France does for its wine market.

But as Feiring said Georgia's wine scene is seeing a renaissance and this is due to a few factors.

"Georgian wines have come onto the world wine map only recently—thanks in part to the amber-wine trend, growing interest in natural wines, and improvements in the vineyard and winery," writes "Forbes.

“Georgia needed to change at the same time that these other things were trending,” said Lisa Granik, master of wine and also the market adviser to Georgia’s National Wine Agency.

Learn more about how the wine industry in Georgia is on the rise at "Forbes" now.

Last year a few Georgia-based wines made "Wine Spectator's" Top 100 Wines list. The country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia did not break into the Top 10 this year, but with natural wines trending will Georgia-based wines make its way on the top 10 list next year?

Watch the recent episode of The Barron Report below to learn more about "Wine Spectator's" Top 10 2018 wines.