Imereti – a small green region in Georgia

November 24, 2020

Imereti - a small green region in Georgia

Imereti is a region located in the west of Georgia and located along the banks of the Rioni River. This region is divided into Zemo (Upper) Imereti and Kvemo (Lower) Imereti, consisting of eleven districts and the main city of Kutaisi. Imereti has its own distinctive features, the main of which is the nature, saturated with beautiful and green coniferous forests. Imereti has a very interesting history, passing through the possession of various kingdoms and nationalities. Until 1125, Imereti was the capital region, after losing Tbilisi and becoming a province. From the 16th to the 18th centuries, local wars between princes and tsars were fought in Imereti, until at the beginning of the 19th century it was conquered by the Russian army and Imereti became the Kutaisi Province. This was the end of a troubled part of the region's history. The climate is subtropical, with mild winters. Snow is rare and temperatures in January rarely fall below 0 degrees. A lot of precipitation falls in August and autumn. Among the attractions of Imereti are many fortresses, temples and monasteries, one of which, Gelati, is the No1 monastery in Georgia. But the region is even more famous for its nature reserves, national parks, waterfalls and canyons. The most popular nature reserve is located 7 km from the city of Kutaisi and is called Sataplia, and it was there that dinosaur tracks were found in karst caves. And not far from it is the largest cave in Georgia - Kumistavi or Prometheus Cave. Also in Imereti, there are a huge number of museums that store artifacts found by archaeologists in this area. Imereti is a unique region, as it contains 40% of the world's total manganese reserves. Since 2015, Imereti has been actively developing tea growing and building tea plantations. In terms of taste, it is still losing its place in this segment in the Georgian market.

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Winemaking in Imereti is not as popular as in Kakheti, and therefore little known. In this winemaking tradition lived here since ancient times, as it did not reach destructive invasion of the Persians, and the technology and practices of winemaking has not been interrupted since the middle ages. For the production of wine, the wine material is infused without sprigs, but with skins and bones, for 1.5-2 months. Because of this, the Imereti wine has an even, less tart taste with increased acidity. According to this technology, the following wines are made: Tsitska, Tbilisi, Sviri, Gelati, Dimi. Port wine and Argveti are also made here. Imereti is a region that can increase its production by cultivating new and forgotten and unused grape varieties.