Wine route

Georgia is considered to be one of the first countries of wine-making. The stem of a Georgian word “gvino” (wine) is used in many European and Asian languages to express the same word. Archeologists discovered many antique ceramic things used for wine-making. In one of the pitchers grape stones were discovered dating back to AD 5000. In Kakheti up to 500 species of grapes can be identified enabling farmers to produce various types of wine.

ITINERARY

Day 1
Arrival - Tbilisi

Day 2
Visit of the capital and the wine company

Day 3
UNESCO Sites and Wine Castle

Day 4
Khvanchkara wine

Day 5
Discover the history of 'Georgian cognac'

Day 6
Discover one of the richest regions of wine

Day 7
From Kakheti to Tbilisi

Day 8
Departure

Day 1
Arrival - Tbilisi

Arrive in Georgia – homeland of wine. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 2
Visit of the capital and the wine company

City tour of Tbilisi: Metekhi Church, Narikala Fortress,  Sioni, synagogue, mosque, Abanotubani sulfur baths, walk to the pedestrian street Sharden. Excursion will be finished by visiting one of the leading wine companies in Georgia, see all stages and technology of wine making and  taste several sorts of classic wine.

Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 3
UNESCO Sites and Wine Castle

Departure for Mtskheta, visit Jvari and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Visit many times awarded wine company, discover Georgian royal family history, take taste of premium class wine. Culinary master-class: see and take part in making Georgian national dish Khinkali (dumpling). Departure to the West part of Georgia, Kutaisi. Visit renovated Bagrati Cathedral.

 

Overnight in Kutaisi.

Day 4
Khvanchkara wine

Departure to the mountain region Ratcha – one of the most significant wine producing area, Khvanchkara – a sweet, thick, dark red wine, is produced here. Visit Barakoni and Nikortsminda Church, rich with frescos and fascinating ornaments of vine and its grapes. Visit wine company, tasting several sorts of strong, semi-sweet wines. Culinary master-class: see and participate in traditional method of baking Imeretian Khachapuri (cheese pie) and Ghomi (gruel making by maize flour) in local house.

 

Dinner and overnight in Kutaisi.

Day 5
Discover the history of 'Georgian cognac'

Visit Gelati Monastery Complex recognized by UNESCO. The route goes to Uplistsikhe Cave Complex – Here was founding grape stones dated back to 5000 years ago, statement that Georgia is the oldest wine producing region. On the way of Tbilisi visit world famous brand cognac, that is known not only for its unique aroma but for the famous Yalta Conference, where among delegates Stalin and Churchill were fascinating by the taste of cognac.

Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 6
Discover one of the richest regions of wine

Departure to the East part of Georgia  Kakheti Region, homeland of wine, Kakheti has the oldest continuous unbroken unique Qvevri traditions of clay pots used to create delicious, unfiltered, organic wines. Sightseeing of Sighnaghi, Art museum remarkable with the exhibition  of famous painter Niko Pirosmani, Bodbe Monastery. After excursion visit local Wine House, get known how wine is making in private houses and taste “Chacha” and wine kept in a “Kvevri” built into the ground. Culinary master-class: bake Georgian bread called “Shoti”, cook Kakhetian barbeque Mtsvadi, Georgian national sweet “Churchkhela”, distill Chacha. OPTION: while lunch enjoy with Georgian folk songs and famous toasts offered by Tamada.

Continue to Tsinandali - family estate, museum, vinery belonged to great winemaker Aleksandre Chavchavadze.

 

Dinner and overnight in Telavi.

Day 7
From Kakheti to Tbilisi

Visit Gremi. Visit wine cellar in Kvareli. Fascinating tour of the tunnel, re-creative park with river and old “kvevris” (some of them are older than a century) and waterfalls outside of the tunnel. Tasting. Drive to Napareuli cellar and vineyard. After lunch visit Alaverdi Cathedral and Ikalto Monastery.

 

Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 8
Departure

Transfer to airport, departure.

Package includes:

Package excludes:

  • Accommodation:
    • 4 nights in Tbilisi - hotel 3*BB
    • 1 night in Telavi – family type hotel HB
    • 2 nights in Kutaisi – family type hotel HB
  • Airport transfers
  • Transport during the tour
  • English guide service
  • All entrance fees
  • Breakfast in hotels
  • 3 dinners: in Telavi and in Kutaisi
  • Wine degustations et culinary master-classes
  • Agency 24/7 service
  • Air tickets and Insurance
  • Tips
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Personal expenses