Georgia’s Wine, a Soviet Survivor

Wine’s origins are lost in the mists of history, but Georgia makes a strong claim to being the much-consumed beverage’s birthplace. Regardless of the truth of that assertion, the survival of Georgian winemaking from ancient times through the oppression of the Soviet Union is a story of human perseverance. Indeed, it is more — Georgian wines survived by luring the Soviets into loving them, and that in turn allowed ancient traditions to survive an empire determined to eradicate everything precious and old.