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If plans for an agricultural comeback ever bear fruit, the Saakashvili administration is betting that Georgian vineyards will lead the way. And nowhere in Georgia do vineyards mean more than the eastern region of Kakheti, the country’s viticulture capital.

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AT A GLANCE
Population: 447,900
Size: 11,340 sq. km
Main Town: Telavi (pop: 26,008)
Average salary: GEL 74.8 (about $41) per month


There’s more than grapes to Kakheti’s history. Paired with neighboring Kartli, this region provided a crucial building block for a united Georgia.

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GEORGIAN VOICES
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"The reality for the peasants is that they still use old tractors."

Dato Bulkvadze,
Farmer, Tsinandali

"There is no need for our wine in markets abroad."

Tariel Datukhishvili,
Farmer, Tsinandali

"It will be a big help when we receive a normal price for our grapes."

Lela Zurnadze,
Waitress, Telavi