Led by John Wurdeman, one of Georgia’s most passionate expatriate winemakers, this unique eating expedition through one of the most enigmatic countries in the former Soviet bloc will trace the evolution and revolution of Georgian food and wine. The organizers aim to form small groups of travelers so that the trip will feel more like a travelling dinner party rather than a regular tour.
Along the way, the “dinner guests” will sample the some of the best food in Georgia, including some amazing gastronomical experiences. They also plan to invite Georgia’s leading chefs and vintners to joining the meals each day. So this is literally a once-in-a-lifetime food trip to Georgia, with the opportunity to meet some of the movers and shakers of Georgia’s food scene.
The ‘Georgia: A Food & Wine Revolution’ experience is being organized by Arcadia Expeditions. David Mannix, co-founder of Arcadia Expeditions, says it’s based on the story of how Georgia’s unique geography, combined with its chequered history, has given birth to an extraordinarily diverse culinary and wine tradition.
Of course, there’s way more to the trip than food and wine, although these are certainly the highlights. Travelers will see some of Georgia’s top attractions, including ancient monasteries and cathedrals. They will also enjoy the incredible scenery of the Caucasus Mountains and Black Sea along the way.
Throughout the expedition, a wealth of delectable culinary experiences with local people have been curated exclusively by Arcadia for their guests. From feasting with families in their homes and with shepherds on mountain passes, to dining with famed cheese and craft beer makers and cooking masterclasses with renowned chefs, the expedition will also explore the link between Georgian food and wine and its living culture. During this interactive moveable feast, the group will be joined by musicians, folk singers, poets and dancers to make the journey a celebration of life itself.
Arcadia Expeditions Co-Founder, David Mannix says this world-first trip is the ultimate indulgence for foodies and wine-lovers looking for a new experience in Europe. “Most people are not aware that Georgia is in fact the oldest winemaking tradition in the world, dating back 8,000 years. The country’s unique climatic conditions allow over 500 grape varieties to grow. We go behind the scenes with prominent local winemakers, stroll through their vineyards and taste with them their rare grape varieties and back vintages.”
Mannix adds: “We will forage in the forests for wild food, visit farmers markets, drink at hidden wine bars and dine in the very best farm to table restaurants – witnessing for ourselves the exciting Georgian experimental approach of combining organic techniques with recipes from the past.”