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Where to Eat and Drink Well in the Republic of Georgia

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Anya von Bremzen raises a glass...and another...and another...to the world's most welcoming country, the Republic of Georgia.
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We get even closer to God at the tasting table of Alaverdi Monastery, set with serious stemware and shiny spittoons. We’re in Kakheti now, the lush agricultural region southeast of Tbilisi, where ranks of vines spread for miles, and even...
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Sighnaghi, Georgia
In the 1990s, artist John Wurdeman—born in New Mexico and raised in Virginia—was travelling in Georgia, following his passion for singing and recording polyphonic songs. But he ended up marrying a local musician. Soon after, he opened a boutique...
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Vardisubani Street 15 , Telavi 0145, Georgia
With its medieval churches and soft rolling hills covered by vineyards, Kakheti is Georgia’s answer to Tuscany. Among the region’s most charming places to stay is Chateau Mere, located near Telavi, the largest city in Kakheti. The place calls...
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Stepantsminda, Georgia
North of Tbilisi, you’ll find some of Georgia’s most iconic attractions: Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, located in Mtskheta, the former religious center of Georgia. Then drive along the stunningly...
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2/11 Pavle Ingorokva St, Tbilisi, Georgia
This wine-centric restaurant, located near Freedom Square, is owned by local collector, folklorist, and cultural preservationist Luarsab Togonidze, who also runs a fashion brand that revives traditional Georgian clothing. The modern...
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13 Ivane Machabeli St, Tbilisi, Georgia
This place opened in May 2015 and is located inside a romantic garden. The garden belongs to the graceful Art Nouveau mansion built in 1905 by a notorious brandy magnate, then appropriated by the Soviet Georgian Union of Writers. Now, where...
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Kakheti Hwy, Tbilisi, Georgia
Located off the busy highway that leads from the airport to Tbilisi, there’s a remarkable restaurant specializing in cuisine from Georgia’s eastern Kakheti region. Local truckers love the takeout bakery window, where golden khachapuri (cheese...
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Elene Akvhlediani Agmarti, 4, T'bilisi 0103, Georgia
Opened in 2015, this wine-centric retreat—up a hill from the Mtkvari River and near the presidential palace—is in its own cozy world with a romantic garden. It features 13 guestrooms decorated with carpets, homey antiques, and wooden armoires that...
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15 Galaktion Tabidze St, Rustavi, Georgia
On the restaurant-lined Galaktion Tabidze street, this vaulted cellar that opened in 2012 is the unofficial clubhouse of Georgia, where visiting grape geeks worship natural wine. It’s “the” place in town to sniff and swirl, co-owned by eight...