All meals and excursions were paid for by the host. A portion of the airfare was subsidized.
We continued our Georgian excursion with an early visit to Bagrationi 1882, a leading sparkling wine producer and the first to export Georgian sparkling wines to the US. Our guide gave us a tour of this magnificent facility where the old and new meld seamlessly. The bottling line was in full swing and we watched as the workers loaded empty bottles and checked for quality control every step of the way. After our tour we enjoyed a selection of four sparklers, starting with the classic Extra Dry and finishing with the Royal Cuvée, ranging in price from about $13 to $38.
We traveled to Mtskheta for lunch on the second floor of the Georgian Chamber of Wine for a meal I remember to this day. The service was impeccable and the food delicious. I’m a fan of spicy food and this was seasoned to perfection. Truly one of the finest meals I experienced while in Georgia.
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