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Georgia Among CNN’s 11 Great Wine Regions You’ve Probably Never Heard of

Urgundy, Napa Valley, Marlborough, Tuscany — true wine fans have probably already ticked the great grape regions off their lists.

Thankfully, these days, there are even more wine worlds to conquer one of which is Georgia.

Recent years have seen new or lesser-known vineyards produce outstanding vintages that are redrawing the wine map. From Myanmar, Canada, to Portugal, here are some hidden and beautiful wine locations ripe for exploring.

“Located at the intersection of Europe and Asia, Georgia is not known for succulent peaches, but for its grape varieties. Georgia, the country (not the US state) is one of the world’s oldest winemaking regions”.

Archaeologists have found evidence of wine production from 6,000 BC, which has earned it a place on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Kakheti is Georgia’s most famous wine region: highlights include sipping wine at Pheasant’s Tears in the quaint hilltop town of Sighnaghi. Rather than producing wine in wooden barrels or steel containers, Georgian-grown grapes ferment in clay jars known as qvevri. The resulting sweet taste is pleasing and distinct from the usual palate of Western wines.