We are a group of individuals who share a passion for the cultural, culinary and wine traditions of the Republic of Georgia. Taste Georgia was born after the co-founder and owner Sarah May Grunwald attended a wine conference in Tbilisi and became fascinated with the hospitality of the Georgian people, the ancient qvevri wine making traditions and the delicious regional food. Sarah and her partner in Georgia decided they wanted to share this bewitching culture with travelers and so Taste Georgia was born, on the philosophy that culture is best experienced at the table.
Between our co founders and guides we have over 40 years of collective experience in hospitality industry. We also share a passion for wine and food that has translated into multiple professional international wine certifications and chef certifications as well as multiple higher degrees in the humanities and even one MBA. Our service providers range from internationally trained chefs, local grandmas who teach local and regional food traditions, small producers and family owned wineries. All of our guides are members of the Association of Guides of Georgia.
Sarah May is the owner and co-founder of Taste Georgia. She is a passionate Georgiaphile and Winelover. She is originally from California and now works between Tbilisi and Rome, Italy where she is a professor of wine.
Erekle comes from a winemaker family in Tbilisi. He is a winemaker himself and makes some of the best chacha in Georgia. He graduated from Caucasus University. He lives between Tbilisi and New York City where he focuses on Georgian wine education, making him the perfect choice for our wine education consultant.
Natia is from Tbilisi but lived in the United States for ten years, where she graduated from Georgetown University with a Masters in linguistics. She speaks Georgian, Russian, and English and can get by in Hebrew. She is not only a fabulous cultural wine and food guide, she is Taste Georgia's on ground management who ensures our guests have the most authentic experiences with us.
Maka is from Kakheti, principle wine region of Georgia and one of our favoriteplaces to tour. She is an official tour guide in the Republic of Georgia and has completed level two of WSET, and she studies Tourism Management at Tbilisi State University of Economic Relations. She is an enthusiastic Winelover and a wonderful guide who is very proud of Georgian wine culture.