Arcadia Expeditions has opened up bookings for a new Food & Wine Revolution itinerary in 2022 and 2023 through Georgia, at the boundary of Eastern Europe and Western Asia.
The 16-day small-group expedition traces the evolution and revolution of Georgian food and wine, sampling the country’s best gastronomical experiences, joined by leading chefs and vintners at their table each day.
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Led by John Wurdeman, one of Georgia’s most passionate expatriate winemakers, Arcadia Expeditions’ ‘Georgia: A Food & Wine Revolution’ tells the story of how Georgia’s unique geography, combined with its chequered history, has given birth to the extraordinarily diverse culinary and wine tradition that is visible today.
Taking in the stunning highlights of Georgia, including visits to ancient monasteries, cathedrals and the incredible scenery of the Caucasus Mountains and Black Sea, the expedition gains exclusive access to the key players in Georgia’s burgeoning food and wine scene.
Operating roundtrip from Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, the expedition will include stops in Vadzia, the Adjara Mountains, Batumi, Tskaltubo, Telavi and Sighnahi.
Throughout the trip, a wealth of culinary experiences with local people have been curated exclusively by Arcadia for their guests. From feasting with families in their homes and with shepherds on mountain passes, to dining with famed cheese and craft beer makers and cooking masterclasses with renowned chefs, the expedition will also explore the link between Georgian food and wine and its living culture. During this interactive moveable feast, the group will be joined by musicians, folk singers, poets and dancers to make the journey a celebration of life itself.
Arcadia Expeditions Co-Founder, David Mannix said this world-first trip is the ultimate indulgence for foodies and wine-lovers looking for a new experience in Europe.
“Most people are not aware that Georgia is in fact the oldest winemaking tradition in the world, dating back 8,000 years. The country’s unique climatic conditions allow over 500 grape varieties to grow. We go behind the scenes with prominent local winemakers, stroll through their vineyards and taste with them their rare grape varieties and back vintages.”
“We will forage in the forests for wild food, visit farmers markets, drink at hidden wine bars and dine in the very best farm-to-table restaurants – witnessing for ourselves the exciting Georgian experimental approach of combining organic techniques with recipes from the past,” Mannix said.
Limited to just 16 people, the expedition is priced at AU$12,600 per person. Four departure dates have been set, departing on 24 May and 6 September 2022, and 23 May and 5 September 2023.
Full details at www.arcadiaexpeditions.com
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