When we arrived at the Tbilisi airport, the immigration officer pointed out the window and told us that just a short distance away was where archaeologists discovered evidence of winemaking some 8,000 years earlier. Vineyards flank Georgia’s capital to this day. The name “Tbilisi” may not have the same connotation as “Napa” or “Beaune,” but it’s as wine-soaked a city as any I’ve ever visited.
Although they tend to be too expensive for most local people, numerous atmospheric and personable wine bars have opened in Tbilisi in recent years. Some ordinarily serve only full glasses, but with a little coaxing, even these establishments will usually be happy to put together a tasting of half portions.
We tried a range of styles of wine bars in Tbilisi, and these were my favorites.