The slopes of the Caucasus Mountains and the Armenian Highlands are the birthplace of wine culture on Earth. Remains of a 6100-year-old winery have been discovered in the town of Areni, Armenia. In neighboring Georgia there’s a millennia-old wine tradition. Now the Caucasus is in a renaissance of winemaking: new wine houses pop up, hundreds of indigenous varieties are seeking their niches, and traditional methods are used alongside innovations. Local wines have already made it to the top of the influential critics’ rankings. That’s what makes the Caucasus one of the most fascinating wine regions on the planet.