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Holly Tailor-Zuntz

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Growing up in Oxford, UK, I was always singing in different folk choirs and bands. I trained as an actor, first in Musical Theatre and then European Theatre. But singing in harmony with others is my main pleasure in life.

 

In 2017 I travelled to Georgia (Kutaisi, Samegrelo, Svaneti, Ajara and Guria) to learn about the ancient tradition of polyphonic singing. Since then I keep coming back, taking longer and longer trips. Now I spend most of my time in Tbilisi but visit other regions as much as possible. I love to visit villages where singers live, especially if they are surrounded by beautiful mountains and rivers! My favourite place in Tbilisi is the bazroba (central bazaar) where I find all manner of interesting foods! My favourite Georgian food is soko ketze - mushrooms sizzling in a clay pan with Georgian cheese melting on top. 

 

I have performed Georgian songs in festivals such as the Batumi Folk and Church Music Festival, and the Polikarpe Music Festival in Anaklia. I sing with Maspindzeli, the London Georgian choir of 20-30 people, and Stumbrebi, an octet from around the UK who come together to sing complex and unusual Georgian harmony songs. 

Tamari Zakalashvili

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My name is Tamari Zakalashvili and I’m 23 years old winemaker and wine consultant from
Tbilisi, Georgia. I’m positive, sociable, love meeting people and seeing places.
Education: The specialty I have chosen has always been popular and much respected in my country as
Georgia is counted among the oldest winemaking countries and called “the cradle” of wine. I hold a
bachelor’s degree in winemaking and viticulture from Agricultural University of Georgia. With the motto
“Knowledge, Labour, Freedom” my home university encouraged me to do more for the better results. In
addition to that, I entered Hochschule Geisenheim University with Erasmus scholarship, where I studied
International Wine Business and Wine and Beverage Marketing and even more, I got new friends
throughout the whole world.
Languages: My mother language is Georgian, besides, I know English with full professional proficiency,
Russian(B1) , I also studied French(A1) in the university and right know I’m studying Spanish by my own,
because this is one of my favorite languages of all time.
Tours led: I’ve never led tour before, this is my first time and I’m so enthusiastic and excited about it.
Favorite Destination: I’ve visited many places in Europe like Germany, Hungary, France, Switzerland and
so on, but my favorite destination is definitely Georgia, especially Kakheti and Racha. To my point of
view, we have one of the greatest places to visit, people to meet and wine to drink!
My passion is my profession, I love winemaking and everything related to wine, I hope that one day I’ll
have my own cellar. Also, I like helping other people and talking with them about anything, especially
wine. Besides, I have different hobbies that I feel passionate about, for example, Singing, Swimming,
playing to the piano and having fun with my friends.

About

DAY 6 - Main Themes of Exploration in Ratcha

When Homer mentioned sweet ruby wines of Colcha it could well be about wines of Ratcha. 

Here we will expand on why we have chosen Racha as one of the best representatives of the premium viticulture area and home to some of the most prominent  wines of Georgia.

Research led by Dr. Patrick E. McGovern acknowledged Georgia as the birthplace of wine which proves that Georgia's contribution to the civilization of humanity was highly important and of large scale.

Here we will present an enchanting story of Georgian wine and its uniquely deep cultural roots in the Georgian psyche.

You will also be able to taste and get know of highest award-winning wines from all over Georgia

 

Predecessors of sweet and fragrant wines of Georgia were known already during the time of Homer. 

According to the wine scholars, Analysis of the climate shows that Georgia is very similar to the premium viticulture area of France and Italy. 80000 years of continuous winemaking tradition is a telling proof that climate was always suitable for grape growing. 

Racha, the place we have chosen to present Georgian wine, is one of the best representatives of that premium viticulture area and home to some of the most prominent wines of Georgia.

In 2017 the research led by Dr. Patrick E. McGovern acknowledged Georgia as the birthplace of wine and which proves that Georgia's contribution to the civilization of humanity was highly important and of large scale.

American wine author Kevin Begos calls Georgia - The Holy Grail of Wine Grapes and The Mother of all Modern Wines 

Here we will present an enchanting story of Georgian wine and its 8,000 years tradition.

 

 

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We will also expand on uniquely deep cultural roots that wine has in the Georgian psyche.

“Even where we think a culture like France or Italy is so wine-centric, Georgians just take it to a whole different level—much deeper than what we’re exposed to,” said Taylor Parsons, a Los-Angeles sommelier, who has visited Georgian wine country three times.

American wine writer Alice Feiring, in her book. “There is so much soul in Georgian wine, “Almost everyone has a taste for their grandfather’s wine: that is their emotional truth and the wines they all respond to.”

When it comes to the old-old world, Georgia is king, both in terms of age and trendiness. It’s precisely the rich sense of history that comes across with every sip of Georgian wines that makes the country so appealing to wine nerds.” (Guardian)

Since this small country has such astonishing richness and regional variety of wines here you will be offered a special treat of tasting and getting introduced with some best and highest award winning wines of whole Georgia.

 

About

DAY 6 - Main Themes of Exploration in Ratcha

When Homer mentioned sweet ruby wines of Colcha it could well be about wines of Ratcha. 

Here we will expand on why we have chosen Racha as one of the best representatives of the premium viticulture area and home to some of the most prominent  wines of Georgia.

Research led by Dr. Patrick E. McGovern acknowledged Georgia as the birthplace of wine which proves that Georgia's contribution to the civilization of humanity was highly important and of large scale.

Here we will present an enchanting story of Georgian wine and its uniquely deep cultural roots in the Georgian psyche.

You will also be able to taste and get know of highest award-winning wines from all over Georgia

 

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Journey Points

Stop 1 - Royal Khvanchkara

Having attracted the attention of Caucasian viceroy during Tsarist Russia, winning an international grand-prix in Belgium (1907)  and becoming favorite wine of Joseph Stalin, Khvanchkara wine has gained international acclaim and became a household name during Soviet times.

In the historic premises of Royal Khvanchkara  we will present an enchanting story of Georgia as a world cradle of wine and why, when it comes to the old-old world, Georgia is a king.

You will also taste and explore some outstanding Rachan red wines here.

 

Stop 1

Royal Khvanchkara

Stop 2

Barakoni Winery

Stop 3

Margvelidze Winery

Stop 4

Wine Tasting Party

Hotel

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Tour Leader

Holly Tailor-Zuntz

Holly Tailor-Zuntz

Holly Tailor-Zuntz

Growing up in Oxford, UK, I was always singing in different folk choirs and bands. I trained as an actor, first in Musical Theatre and then European Theatre. But singing in harmony with others is my main pleasure in life.

 

In 2017 I travelled to Georgia (Kutaisi, Samegrelo, Svaneti, Ajara and Guria) to learn about the ancient tradition of polyphonic singing. Since then I keep coming back, taking longer and longer trips. Now I spend most of my time in Tbilisi but visit other regions as much a ...

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Tamari Zakalashvili

Tamari Zakalashvili

Tamari Zakalashvili

My name is Tamari Zakalashvili and I’m 23 years old winemaker and wine consultant from
Tbilisi, Georgia. I’m positive, sociable, love meeting people and seeing places.
Education: The specialty I have chosen has always been popular and much respected in my country as
Georgia is counted among the oldest winemaking countries and called “the cradle” of wine. I hold a
bachelor’s degree in winemaking and viticulture from Agricultural University of Georgia. With the motto
&ldquo ...

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Holly Tailor-Zuntz

Growing up in Oxford, UK, I was always singing in different folk choirs and bands. I trained as an actor, first in Musical Theatre and then European Theatre. But singing in harmony with others is my main pleasure in life.

 

In 2017 I travelled to Georgia (Kutaisi, Samegrelo, Svaneti, Ajara and Guria) to learn about the ancient tradition of polyphonic singing. Since then I keep coming back, taking longer and longer trips. Now I spend most of my time in Tbilisi but visit other regions as much a ...

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