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Tbilisi is the Georgian metropolis of contrasts. Here, tradition and modernity meet and merge into a vibrant, creative mixture. Wine plays an enormously important role here. Raffaella Usai reveals what wine fans should definitely not miss.

Departure 10 p.m.! The unspeakable flight times of the only direct connection from Munich don't exactly make the journey to Tbilisi pleasant. But when I catch sight of the outline of the Caucasus on the horizon during the landing approach at five o'clock in the morning local time, i.e. three o'clock in Germany, I am wide awake. Georgia! Rarely have I looked forward to a trip so much.

Harrowing contrasts fly past my eyes on the taxi ride: Run-down barracks, grey prefabricated buildings from Soviet times, a lot of broken-down building fabric, in between always neon signs from fast food giants like Wendy's or McDonald's. East and West meet brutally here.

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