Friday, March 29, 2013

‘Wine country’ Georgia eyes closer relations with Korea

29.03.2013 (Hvino News) In an interview with The AsiaN at the Georgian Embassy in Seoul, Georgian Ambassador to Korea Nikoloz Aphkhazava told about the new stage in Korea-Georgia relations. Mr. Aphkhazava also mentioned importance of wine and tourism in Georgia:

"Georgia has been very famous for its wine. It was confirmed a few years ago that Georgia is the cradle of wine, with a history going back more than 7,000 years. We have 500 types of grapes endemic to Georgia and 100 types of wine".

Last year, about 4 million tourists visited Georgia, almost equivalent to our population. Tourists come from everywhere, but the majority is from Europe. 2,500 tourists came from Korea last year.

There are special wine tours in the wine production regions, where you can actually pick grapes in the morning, participate in the wine making process and drink the wine from the grapes you picked, - said Ambassador Aphkhazava.

The Embassy of Georgia was established in February 2012 in Seoul. Since then gradually relations have been growing. Last year we celebrated 20 years of bilateral relations between our countries, said Ambassador Aphkhazava. In commemoration, we had Korean culture days for the first time in Georgia. There are plans to establish an embassy in Georgia either this year or next year.

© Hvino News

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