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The world’s most unique dining experience now available in Georgia!

The world’s most unique dining experience now available in Georgia !

A flying fine dining restaurant that offers the most unforgettable dining experience in a breathtaking setting that offers amazing 360 degree views of the Tbilisi skyline.

It's a franchise restaurant available in 70 countries for more than 12 years and now it's launching in Tbilisi, Georgia !

The Sky platform is suspended by a crane 50 meters high in the sky of Tbilisi, while you indulge in unique scenery and luxurious dining.

Selected by Forbes.com in its list of the 10 most unusual restaurants in the world, Dinner in the Sky is one of the most unique dining experiences one can ever have!

"Operating From May 15 to June 15" For anyone who wishes to transform the ordinary into into a magical moment with a lasting impression!!

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Georgian wine Festival 2019

In the last several years month of May in Tbilisi feels great not just because of blooming nature and splendid weather, but also because the New Wine Festival is held in the city. End of spring is the time to unseal huge clay vessels called qvevri, filled with pressed grapes and buried under the ground according to the traditional Georgian winemaking technology. The young wine is ready and waits for the moment when wine lovers come to taste it.


Usually the festival is held in one of green areas in Tbilisi in the beginning of May. Travellers, bloggers, journalists, winemakers and sommeliers from all around the globe enjoy tasting more than 60 varieties of excellent Georgian wine of the last harvest. Traditional Georgian barbeques and fresh bread are available at the festival to try keeping you sober. Accompanied by Georgian dances and songs performances, the festival lasts the whole weekend. Outdoors, under the warm May sun the wine tastes gorgeous! 

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dinner in thesky

A unique experience in  the heart of Tbilisi, Georgia. 

The world’s most unique dining experience now available in Georgia !

A flying fine dining restaurant that offers the most unforgettable dining experience in a breathtaking setting that offers 360 degree views of the Tbilisi skyline.

Dinner In The Sky Georgia will give you a whole new perspective on dining in Georgia. So strap in and join us for indulgent food and unlimited Georgian wine.

Whether you’re after a romantic date night or a chance to family, friends, or clients to an unforgettable experience, Dinner In The Sky Georgia is definitely the highlight of your Spring and Summer.

Georgian gastronomy hits new height. Have you ever had a better selfie opportunity?

Up in the Sky, we offer a number of fantastic flight sessions, including Lunch in the Sky, Wine tasting in the Sky, and Dinner in the Sky. Our chef and sommelier will prepare your fancy meal and Georgian wine in the pop up kitchen in the sky while you sit back, relax, and take in the spectacular Tbilisi panorama.

The sky is the limit, this fancy experience is exclusively for anyone who wishes to transform the ordinary into into a magical moment with a lasting impression! Put simply, Dinner In The Sky Georgia is the one place you need to visit.

 

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Martvili Canyons, heaven in georgia

Martvili is located in Samegrelo region of Western Georgia, 280km from Tbilisi. On its highest hill there is a Monastery. The site upon the hill where the monastery stands today was used in ancient times as a pagan cultural center and was a sacred site. There once stood an ancient and enormous oak tree that was worshipped as an idol of fertility and prosperity. Infants were once sacrificed here as well. After the conversion of the native population to Christianity, the ancient tree was cut down so as not to worship it anymore. A church was originally constructed in the late 7th century upon the roots of the old oak tree and was named in honor of Saint Andrew who preached Christianity and converted the pagans across the Samegrelo region. The main Martvili-Chkondidi Cathedral  was reconstructed in the 10th century after invasions that destroyed the prior church. Preserved in the church are frescoes of the 14th to 17th centuries.

Martvili canyons used to be a bath place for Dadiani family. Now people visit it to enjoy the scenery, its waterfalls and take a boat trip in the river with deep green color. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 10 Georgian Dishes

Situated at the crossroads of East and West, Georgia has fallen within the orbit of many cultural influences and empires. One of the earliest Christian civilizations, Georgia has endured its share of invasions and Georgian cuisine is well reflective of its past. In the times of peace, as merchants carried goods and spices along the Great Silk Road, Georgians embraced new seasonings and methods, adopted and incorporated foreign ingredients and styles into their own. Throughout the centuries, Georgian food has been influenced by the Mediterranean world, Arab and Mongol flavours, Persian and Ottoman kitchens, the link stretching as far as Northern India. Today’s Georgian cuisine is a rich interplay between Mediterranean and Middle Eastern tastes. Georgian food and wine culture is best observed through Supra – traditional feast featuring a wide array of assortment of dishes always accompanied by large amounts of wine, lasting several hours.

 

1.Khinkali

 

 

Khinkali is a popular dumpling made with a variety of fillings. In the mountains, this much praised dish is made with lamb, which comes in abundance, elsewhere, mixture of minced beef and pork is used. The origins of Khinkali can’t precisely be traced; some accounts point to Tatar influence, others claim khinkali to be an indigenous product of Georgia’s primordial mountain culture.

2.Khachapuri

 

No Georgian feast in ever complete without Khachapuri. According to many, it is the Georgian classic, cheesebread par excellence. It’s form, as well as texture vary from region to region: it can take a thin or thick crust, it can contain single or many layers, Khachapuri can assume round, triangle or rectangle form of all sizes and even come boat-shaped with an egg in the middle, as is the case of Khachapuri from Adjara – Georgia’s coastal region on the Black Sea.

 

3.Mtsvadi

 

A skewer of meat, be it veal, lamb or pork is symbol of true celebration à la géorgienne. While choice of meat varies from region to region and also according to seasons, the grilling method is more or less the same throughout. Out-of-age grapevine is considered to be noblest among the choice of wood. Once grilled, meat cubes are removed from skewers and shaken in a pot of thinly sliced onions and pomegranate juice. Sizzling meat slightly caramelizes the onions, while pomegranate juice forms a mild, acidy sauce with the meat juices.

 

4. Georgian Cheese Plate: Sulguni, Smoked Sulguni, Guda

 

Georgians rely heavily on their cheese and each region makes its own variety. Sulguni, specialty of Western Georgia is perhaps the most admired semi-soft Georgian cheese. Its high moisture content is reminiscent of Mozzarella. Guda is a pungent mountain cheese from Tusheti, traditionally made with sheep’s milk and aged in sheepskin.

 

5. Mixed Mushroom Stew in clay pot

 

Georgian cuisine features a wide range of slow-cooked meat stews such as Kharcho or Chaqapuli (see below). While the meat remains a prime ingredient, some vegetarian versions are mastered increasingly, especially during the lent. Key mushroom variety is Khis Soko, cultivated on tree trunks. Its characteristics include distinctly strong flavour, wet woodland tones and firm texture, resistant to slow cooking.

 

6. Kharcho with Gomi

 

Kharcho is a slow-cooked thick meat stew with tomatoes, spices and aromatic herbs. Its distinctive aromatic feature owes largely to the use of Khmeli Suneli- a marigold rich Georgian counterpart of Indian curry blend. Gomi is a staple food of Samegrelo – region in the west and breeding ground for some of the most savory and elaborate dishes (Kharcho also originates from Samegrelo). For centuries Megrels made Gomi with millet – an indigenous crop to be subsequently replaced with maize, which proved to be more stable as a culture.

 

7. ChaKapuli

 

Compared to Kharcho, Chaqapuli is a light and liquid stew, redolent of springtime herbs, pungent with fruity flavors of white wine and tkemali sauce. (Tkemali sauce is an universal condiment made with wild plums and aromatic herbs). Although Chaqapuli echoes some similar dishes of neighboring Iran, such as Ghormeh Sabzi, this springtime stew, for many admirers captures the essential taste of Georgia.

 

8. Assorted Pkhali

 

 

Pkhali is a cold vegetarian appetizer, popular Georgian tapas. A mélange of spice-rich walnut paste, fresh herbs and vinegar is added to vegetables, fried or boiled. Pkhali is often garnished with pomegranate seeds, which enhances the mild acidity with a sour, fruity finish.

 

9. Assorted Georgian pickles: Jonjoli, Peppers

 

Georgians enjoy wide variety of pickled vegetables, such as cucumber or courgette, ripe or unripe tomatoes and even leeks and garlic cloves. Most unfamiliar of these would perhaps seem pickled flowers of Jonjoli – a medium sized bush producing long stemmed flowers, which are harvested just before they flower in May and consumed throughout the year.

10. Ricotta Cornets

 

 

These rolls provide a good example of how Georgians mix several dairy products together to come up with a tasty snack. Ricotta kneaded with mint is rolled into thin slices of Sulguni cheese to make these mildly salty, aromatic mint-mingled cornets.

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Why Georgia (the Country) Belongs on Your Travel Wish List

When I began telling friends that I was going to Georgia—a country that had been on my wish list for a long time—I got all sorts of responses. Some thought I meant the state. Some asked if it was safe. (Yes.) Others had their eyes light up with envy or happy memories of their own trips to the country. And one gave me some useful packing advice: Bring loose-fitting clothes and pants with elastic waistbands.

The food in this former Soviet republic, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, is superb. And wildly abundant. The word for a Georgian meal is supra, which is best translated as “feast.” This is no joke. There is also a saying that “the guest is a gift from God,” meaning hospitality is valued—and largely expressed through cooking.

 

 

At some restaurants, servers put plates of food on top of other plates of food because there is no more room on the table. The bread, which is made in an unusual, traditional style using a clay oven, is addictive. The tomato and cucumber salad that shows up at every meal is consistently delicious. In fact, all the fresh vegetables are extraordinary. There are pies filled with cheese and meat, sausages galore and dumplings stuffed with all sort of things. And there is always more.

 

I didn’t have a single bad meal during a nine-day trip (as a guest of the tourism board), but the standouts were at the cozy Poliphonia in Tbilisi and at Pheasant’s Tears, a boutique winery in the charming town of Sighnaghi, known as the “city of wine and love” (thanks the 24-hour availability of civil marriages).

 

My companions and I laughed at that name, because all of Georgia is a place of wine and love. The latter is seen in that genuine hospitality. As for the former, the country is considered the birthplace of wine, with evidence of viniculture stretching back more than 7,000 years. There are more than 500 varieties of grapes grown all around the country, and winemakers making traditional wines in clay jars and adventurous ones with contemporary techniques. Many are natural or organic, and most are delicious. (And the quantity of the wine tends to keep pace with the quantity of food at those meals.)

 

Food and wine are the main draws for Georgia—and a primary reason that visitor numbers have doubled since last year—but hardly the only one. The High Caucasus are stunning, dotted with picturesque villages and ancient churches. (The country was also one of the world’s first to adopt Christianity, in 337 A.D.) They’re also ideal for hiking. There are natural hot springs and sulfur pools, especially the ones near Borjomi Park.

 

And then there’s Tbilisi, a city that has been sacked 27 times but emerged as a distinctively cosmopolitan place with contemporary architecture mixed in with the historic buildings, a rich café culture and a boom in wine and cocktail bars. It is one of the few cities left in the world that feels like absolutely nowhere else. I saw one Wendy’s and one Dunkin' Donuts, but that was it for globalization.

At the massive Saturday flea market, you can buy a gas mask, Soviet military paraphernalia, random taxidermy or beautiful enamel jewelry. From there, you can stroll through the trendy neighborhood of Plekhanov, with its old-style houses, its lively Agmashenbeli avenue and the multifunctional Fabrika, in which cafés, bars, ateliers and boutiques fill a former Soviet sewing factory.

 

Speaking of cool, the boutique hotel scene is something of a surprise. While the old-school, five-star Ambassadori makes a perfectly lovely home base (with a gorgeous cocktail bar), I swooned when I saw the new Stamba, a Design Hotel in a 1930s publishing house, where the original printing presses still squiggle overhead and giant trees soar in the five-story “living lobby.”

It’s right around the corner from the Rooms Hotel, an outpost of a homegrown brand that’s gaining something of a cult following among hotel nerds like me. It’s likewise trendy and stylish. The Rooms Hotel Kazbegi is no less chic while being suited to its mountain environment.

After all, it’s important to have a nice place to nap after that midafternoon supra.

 

© Forbes.com

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BBC: „„World's oldest wine“ found in 8,000-year-old jars in Georgia“

Scientists say 8,000-year-old pottery fragments have revealed the earliest evidence of grape wine-making.

The earthenware jars containing residual wine compounds were found in two sites south of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, researchers said.

Some of the jars bore images of grape clusters and a man dancing.

Previously, the earliest evidence of wine-making was from pottery dating from about 7,000 years ago found in north-western Iran.

The latest finds were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

"We believe this is the oldest example of the domestication of a wild-growing Eurasian grapevine solely for the production of wine," said co-author Stephen Batiuk, a senior researcher at the University of Toronto.

"Wine is central to civilisation as we know it in the West. As a medicine, social lubricant, mind-altering substance and highly valued commodity, wine became the focus of religious cults, pharmacopoeias, cuisines, economies and society in the ancient Near East."

Traditional methods

The pottery jars were discovered in two Neolithic villages, called Gadachrili Gora and Shulaveris Gora, about 50km (30 miles) south of Tbilisi, researchers said.

Telltale chemical signs of wine were discovered in eight jars, the oldest one dating from about 5,980 BC.

Large jars called qvevri, similar to the ancient ones, are still used for wine-making in Georgia, said David Lordkipanidze, director of the Georgian National Museum who helped lead the research.

Mr Batiuk said the wine was probably made in a similar way to the qvevri method today "where the grapes are crushed and the fruit, stems and seeds are all fermented together".

Previously, the earliest evidence of grape wine-making had been found in the Zagros Mountains of Iran and dated to 5,400-5,000 BC.

In 2011, a wine press and fermentation jars from about 6,000 years ago were found in a cave in Armenia.

The world's earliest non-grape based wine is believe to be a fermented alcoholic beverage of rice, honey and fruit found in China and dating to about 7,000 BC.

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UNESCO World Heritage Objects in Georgia

It’s hard to imagine that such a small country like Georgia has such a long and fascinating ancient history behind it. For centuries, Georgia has been home to a number of historical monuments, which are still preserved today and even though some of them are restored, they haven’t lost their original forms. Moreover, you will probably be surprised if I tell you that some of the historical monuments are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. I’d like to tell you about them in detail, so please, follow me.
Medieval architecture, of both residential and religious buildings, and Caucasus mountain scenery can be found in and around these famous sites. The architecture of the country has been influenced by different architectural styles, some of them dating back to the medieval period. The country is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These are; Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery, Mtskheta Historical Monuments, and Upper Svaneti Caucasus mountains, villages, and tower houses.

The term „cultural heritage“ has significantly changed its content over the last decade, partly because of the tools developed by UNESCO. Cultural heritage is not constrained by monuments or collections of material objects of art. It also includes traditions and customs inherited from our ancestors and transmitted to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, festivals, rituals, concerning the nature and the universe, as well as knowledge and skills for the production of handicrafts.

Georgia is a country with truly outstanding landscapes, medieval churches, monasteries and ancient traditions. Let’s take a closer look at the objects of both tangible and intangible heritage by UNESCO in Georgia.

UNESCO World Heritage Objects in Georgia: Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery

Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery were inscribed on UNESCO list in 1994. Both are ancient monuments located in Kutaisi region, the ancient capital of Georgia.

Храм Баграта

Bagrati Cathedral

The construction of Bagrati Cathedral, named after Bagrat III Bagrationi, the first king of united Georgia, started at the end of the 10th century and had been completed by the early 11th century. Partially destroyed by the Turks in 1691, its ruins still lie in the center of Kutaisi.

 

Gelati Monastery

Gelati Monastery

Gelati Monastery, whose main buildings were constructed between the 12th and 17th centuries, is a well-preserved complex, with wonderful mosaics and wall paintings. The cathedral and monastery symbolize the flowering of medieval architecture in Georgia.

Gelati Monastery is a vivid symbol of Georgia’s Golden Age. It was built under King David the Builder (Aghmashenebeli), where he was buried. For a long time the monastery was not only a religious center of the country, but also a major cultural and educational place with its own academy. The Academy at the monastery became the cradle of science, culture, and had made an invaluable contribution to the education of the Georgian people. Many valuable icons and other church relics had been preserved in the monastery until the Soviet period, however, during the Bolshevik regime some of them got lost, and the rest of the treasures were distributed to museums.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Georgia: Historical Monuments of Mtskheta

The historical churches of Mtskheta, former capital of Georgia, are outstanding examples of medieval religious architecture in the Caucasus. They show the high artistic and cultural level attained by this ancient kingdom. Historical Monuments of Mtskheta are located at the confluence of the Aragvi and Kura rivers in East-Central Georgia, just 20 km away from Tbilisi.

Mtskheta was once the ancient capital of Kartli, a place where Christianity was declared the official religion of Georgia in 337. Today, the city is still the residence of the Georgian Orthodox Apostolic Church.

Favorable natural conditions, strategic location at the crossroads of trade routes and close relationship with the Roman, the Persian and the Byzantine Empires contributed to the development of the city and led to the integration of different cultural influences with local cultural traditions. After the 6th century AD, when the capital was moved to Tbilisi, Mtskheta continues to maintain its leading role as one of the important cultural and spiritual centers of the country.

Holy Cross Monastery of Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are key monuments of the medieval Georgian architecture.

Монастырь Джвари

Jvari monastery

The masterpiece of the early Orthodox Church architecture, Jvari Monastery dates back to 585-604 BC. Located on a hill near the town of Mtskheta, it is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The name is translated as the Monastery of the Cross. Legend has it that pilgrims visiting the monastery, shed tears while praying, and so the nearby natural lake was called Lake of Tears. The monastery is still in use for major religious ceremonies.

Svetitscoveli Cathedral

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Another significant Christian cathedral in Mtskheta is Svetitskhoveli built in the 1010-1029’s. This is one of the main places of pilgrimage on the Silk Road, the robe of Christ’s burial place, the tomb of the Georgian kings and the most frequently visited tourist facility in Georgia.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Georgia: Upper Svaneti

Preserved due to its unique geographical isolation, mountainous landscape of Upper Svaneti is an exceptional combination of mountain scenery with medieval villages and tower houses. It is because of its unique landscape that Svaneti became a popular attraction many tourists.

Ushguli

Ushguli

The region occupies the upper reaches of the Inguri River and consists of several small villages scattered on the slopes of the mountains, among the gorges and alpine valleys with a magnificent background of snow-capped mountains. The most notable feature of the settlement is the abundance of towers above the houses. For example, the village of Ushguli is the highest settlement in Europe, situated at an altitude of 2300 m, it still retains more than 200 very unusual house-towers. These towers were used both as dwellings and defense means against invaders. Nowadays about 70 families live in this 2000 years old village. Within winter, the snow covers the whole area, and sometimes even the way to Ushguli. However, a small school is always open, and life goes on.

The village is located 45 km from the town of Mestia – Svaneti’s center. In order to get to Ushguli, you will need local jeeps 4×4, which can be hired in Mestia. The road to the village is difficult and takes about 3 hours each way. The road passes through several villages where you can find small churches with old paintings and frescoes inside.

Svaneti is one of the most remote and inaccessible areas of Georgia- a true paradise for ski lovers, adventurers and eco-tourists. Svaneti preserves pristine medieval appearance. Time seemed to deform here, taking you back trough centuries. No matter how complicated the road trip to Svaneti is , it is worth every effort!

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Georgia: the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Georgia

The fragile, intangible cultural heritage is an important factor in maintaining cultural diversity in the context of increasing globalization. An understanding of the intangible cultural heritage of different communities helps alleviate intercultural dialogue and encourages mutual respect for other ways of life.

Kvevri

Kvevri

The traditional method of winemaking in Georgia through the fermentation of grapes in clay, egg-shaped vessels is listed as World Heritage in the field of education, science, and culture of the United Nations (UNESCO). According to the UN, an ancient method of native Georgian wine making – kvevri is a part of the intangible heritage of humanity.

Large earthenware jars, traditionally used for the fermentation of grape are called kvevri. It is archaeologically proved that they have been in use for more than 8000 years.

Vessels are usually buried in a special basement, called Marani, which can be found in almost every house and is considered a semi-sacred place for the majority of Georgians.

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Glamping Georgia Krikhi

Located in Racha, in the village of the region of Ambrolauri, in Krikhi, appeared first Glamping cottage, called - Glamping Georgia Krikhi. The word “Glamping” is created in our era, and unites two different things- Glamour and  Camping, at the same time. How it is possible? Glamping is a place, where the nature meets the comfort. This means, that you can have the maximum comfort into the wild. You are so close to the nature, and steel, you are in a luxury place. There are only two cottages yet, and the Summer of 2018 is the first season, when it will have guests. The buildings have marquee styled covering up. Inside there are washrooms, mini- kitchen with a toaster and a fridge, mini movie theatre, free WIFI  and a private bathroom. All units come with a terrace and a balcony, with mountain views.… In a nutshell, there are all conditions to feel like you are resting in a high class hotel. In one cottage can stay 4 people. Just imagine yourself, in a rainy day, listening to your favourite music, reading books and sitting here, in front of your eyes there will be majestic views of mountains, raindrops, and mist and fog all around.

Or maybe, the best thing one can do when it's raining is just …  to let it rain... And watch movies in a Mini Glamping Theatre. A buffet breakfast can be enjoyed on the property too. What else do you want? There is a garden at this property and guests can go cycling nearby, or just roam around the forest and “follow the white rabbit” ! (just like once Alice in Wonderland did- believe me, there won’t be less fun).

Glamping Georgia Krikhi is located in Ambrolauri and offers free bikes and a garden.

- The accommodation has free WiFi.

- The tented camp features a TV. The kitchen comes with a toaster and a fridge.

- A buffet breakfast can be enjoyed at the property.

- The tented camp offers a terrace. If you would like to discover the area, cycling and fishing are possible in the surroundings.

- Kutaisi International Airport is 97 km away.

- This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Ambrolauri! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

- Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.9 for a two-person trip.

This property is also rated for the best value in Ambrolauri! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city. 

 

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