Ep. 210 — A Discussion with Daria Kholodilina, a Georgian Wine and Food Guide Originally from Ukraine

Daria Kholodilinai is a passionate and knowledgeable guide who takes us on a journey through the captivating country of Georgia. Originally from Ukraine, Daria is an expert in Georgian food and wine and has been sharing her insights with travelers from all over the world. Join your host, Peter Syme, as he delves into Daria’s experiences, from starting as a side hustle to quitting her office job and pursuing a career in guiding. Discover the beauty of Georgia’s landscapes, the richness of its wine culture, and the warmth of its people. Stay tuned as we explore the unique blend of history, gastronomy, and adventure that awaits in this hidden gem of a destination. So grab your headphones and get ready for an immersive experience in the enchanting world of Georgian wine and food with Daria Kholodilina on episode 210 of Tourpreneur.


02:22 Georgia: on edge of Europe and Asia. Mountains, wine, interesting culture, influenced by neighbors.

05:16 Georgia’s unique wine culture includes homemade and small wineries, as well as big exports.

07:01 Promote responsible tourism, connect travelers to locals.

12:20 Airbnb prices grew dramatically, hotels remain affordable.

15:24 Tour cost may increase, marketing needs adjustment.

19:04 National Tourist Board markets safe travel. Low crime rate, especially petty crimes.

22:12 Georgia is central for travelers visiting the region.

25:32 Tbilisi guide turned travel entrepreneur with husband.

27:59 Fun, education, consulting: helping businesses attract tourists.

30:29 Wendy wanted to hire help and grow.

35:34 Connecting people to local personalities; personal travel experience.

36:41 Georgia: Open for business, a fantastic destination.

About Daria

Daria Kholodilina is an adventurous individual who found her passion in exploring the beautiful country of Georgia. With its stunning landscapes and diverse culture, Georgia became the perfect backdrop for Daria’s outdoor pursuits. Located on the edge of Europe and Asia, Georgia boasts the magnificent Caucasus Mountains, reaching heights of up to 5000 meters. Daria spent countless hours trekking through these breathtaking trails and immersing herself in the natural beauty that surrounded her. The lowlands of Georgia, on the other hand, offered an ideal environment for wine production, further enhancing the country’s allure. Daria’s fascination with Georgia’s unique blend of cultures, influenced by its neighboring countries such as Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia, added a layer of depth to her experiences. With a deep appreciation for Georgia’s rich heritage and her adventurous spirit, Daria embarked on a journey filled with exploration and discovery.