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Georgian teaTea growing first took place in Georgia around 1830, arriving from China. It has a curious history. Prince Miha Eristavi had travelled across China and tasted infusions of tea. This made an enormous impression on him and in view of the similarity of the subtropical climate of China and West Georgia (especially the Guria region) he decided to grow this plant in his homeland.

At that time exporting tea leaves from China was forbidden, The prince therefore had to be cunning, and hide tea seeds in a length of bamboo. Only thus did he manage to smuggle it out outside China, and from those seeds sprang the cultivation of tea in Georgia. And owing to its the unique flavour and health properties, Georgian tea was to become extremely popular across the world.

A little later, Prince Eristavi personally entered samples of the Georgian tea at the Russian International exhibition in St. Petersburg in 1864. Wide recognition of the enjoyable qualities of the Georgian tea began with these samples. Around the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries Georgian enthusiasts focused on increasing the quality of the crop, and in 1899 at the exhibition in Paris Georgian tea was rewarded with the great gold medal. This showed that the tea bush grown in Georgia can generate the superior quality raw stock required for further manufacture of such grades as black and green tea.
Taking tea
In 1920 Georgian tea took on a new significance when tea-growing was recognized as a special area of economic activity.
The Tea and Subtropical Cultures Research Institute was founded in Anaseuli, West Georgia, where new varieties of the tea were grown, focusing on tender shoots and special aromas.
Georgia supplied tea to the whole of the Soviet Union. Unfortunately, because the volume of production increased so significantly, quality fell – and the reputation of Georgian tea suffered as a consequence.

Our factory has produced a superior quality leaf after just seven years in existence. In the early years the need was for quantity, not quality, and in 1990-2000, it was on the verge of bankruptcy. At the same time the most part of plantations had been cut down; the plantations that survive today do so thank to local involvement and that of enthusiasts such as ourselves.

In recent years the Georgian state has allocated resources for the restoration of tea plantations, above all in the Ozurgeti region where 2500 hectares have been planted. The quality of the raw stock has thus been raised. We are now in a position to supply Elite Georgian tea to meet the huge demand from internal and external markets.

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Rotation and processing of damp tea
Process of work of installation of rotation of tea
Ready for processing teas transfer on the conveyor
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