Tea cultivation began in Georgia in the 1830s, with plants native to China and has a somewhat curious history. The Georgian Prince Miha Eristavi traveled throughout China and became fascinated by Chinese tea. Given the similarity of the subtropical climate of China West Georgia (especially the Guria region, bordering on the Black Sea), he decided to take back this plant to his homeland. Because at that time the export of tea seeds from China was banned, the prince hid the seeds in a piece of bamboo. Georgian tea became very popular all over the world. In 1899 at the World Exhibition in Paris the Georgian tea received a gold medal. Around 1920, the Georgian tea was recognized as a major economic activity, new varieties were grown by grafting selected for quality and exceptional flavor 's. Georgia tea delivered to the entire Soviet Union. The growth of production, the quality of tea, fell and brought an end to the flourishing tea trade. Partly because most of the plantations were cut. Fortunately, there are plantations, who have survived, thanks to the involvement of local tea lovers.