It is a very mountainous country. In Greek mythology, Georgia was the site of the famous Golden Fleece sought by Jason and the Argonauts. Georgian culture was influenced by Classical Greece, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the various Iranian empires (notably the Achaemenid, Parthian, Sassanian, Safavid and Qajar empires). Modern archaeological evidence suggests that Georgia is the oldest winemaking country in the world.
A people of distinct culture, Georgians are not related to the Russians, Turks or Greeks, nor do they have any ethnic or linguistic ties to other nations that surround them.
Most of Georgia is very safe for foreigners. The Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs provides some useful information for foreign visitors.