THE SIX-DAY TOUR FOR GEORGIAN WINE LOVERS
During the tour you will visit Kakheti region – east from Tbilisi, the largest wine producing
region in Georgia. You will have the unique chance to find out the information about the ways of wine production in different parts of Georgia and of relict vines.
Meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel, supper in the restaurant.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
On this day you will visit old capital of Georgia. The city is very important for history of our country because christianity as statereligion first was declared here in 326 year. Here in Mtskheta you will visit Svetitskhoveli (XI c) the Cathedral of Twelve Apostles, where The Lord’s tunic is rested in the basement. That is why Mtskheta is called the second Jarusalem. According to legend the church was built over the cedar stump that seeped aromatic oil, myrrh. Under that cedar St. Nino, who preached Christianity in Georgia, prayed.
Then you will visit the church Jvari (VIc) on the hill, from which you have beautiful view of the old capital.
Then you visit the winery of famous winemaker Iago Bitarishvili who will tell you about the method of winemaking. You will have dinner there and taste his wines.
In the evening you come back to Tbilisi.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
3 rd Day.
After breakfast drive to Kakheti – wine producing region in eastern Georgia. First you visit the Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe.
The monastery now functions as a nunnery and is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia, due to its association with St. Nino, the 4th-century female evangelist of Georgians, whose relics are shrined there. Some 3 km from the convent, a small Chapel of St. Zabulon and St. Sosana was constructed, in the 1990s, to house a St. Nino’s Spring, which, according to a local legend, emerged through Nino’s prayers and is believed to have a healing power.
Then we visit the city of lovers – Signagi. It serves as a popular tourist destination due to its location at the heart of Georgia’s vine-growing regions, as well as its picturesque landscapes, pastel houses and narrow, cobblestone streets. Located on a steep hill, Signagi overlooks the vast Alazani Valley, with the Caucasus Mountains visible at a distance.
Our route goes to Gurdjaani. Dinner and tasting wine of the famous winemaker Simon Ruadze. Master class on making Geogian bread.
After that you head to Kvareli a town in northeastern in Kakheti Province, Georgia. Located in the Alazani Valley, near the foothills of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Here you visit the largest storage of Georgian wines kept in the 7.7 km long tunnel shaped wine cellar which consists of 2 large parallel tunnels linked with 13 small galleries. The dampness of 70% and the ideal temperature (12-14˚C) for storing and ageing wine stays throughout the year. The tunnels (gvirabi) were purchased by the Winery Khareba who restored them and use them to store and age about 25,000 bottles of its wine. In Khareba winery you can taste 30 varieties of the company’s best wines. 60 meters above the tunnels there is a nice building mixed with the nature, the waterfall falling by, and garden with century-old trees, restaurant terrace and the tower, which offers splendid views over the Alazani Valley and Kvareli vineyards.
There are two versions of building the tunnel. First is that it was built by metro builders, at the begining of 1960s as metro was being built at that time in Tbilisi, for the winery purpose. The second version is that it was built by the end of 1950s for the military purposes during the Cold War.
In the evening drive to Telavi, – the main city and administrative centre of Kakheti region, where you will stay for a night.
4 th Day.
In the morning we drive towards Prince Chavchavadze‘s Palace (XIX c) in village Tsinandali in Kakheti, Georgia, noted for the estate and its historic winery which once belonged to the 19th-century aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze (1786–1846). It was the place where Chavchavadze frequently entertained foreign guests with music, wit, and – most especially – the fine vintages made at his estate marani (winery). Tsinandali keeps touching history of love between Nino Chavchavadze and Alexander Griboedov.
Further on, we visit Gremi fortress. It was the main city of Kakheti region. Nowadays, picturesque location of the fortress with tall bell tower and high walls makes deep impression on guests. Gremi was the capital of the Kingdom of Kakheti in the 16th and 17th centuries. Founded by Levan of Kakheti, it functioned as a lively trading town on the Silk Road and royal residence until being razed to the ground by the armies of Shah Abbas I of Persia in 1622. In Gremi museum are exibited some items found in the area by archeologists: daggers and jewelry dated back to the bronze age, items with the pictures of animals, IV c bowl with the image of St George’s palm and many others.
There is also an exibit hall in the King’s Palace where paintings by Levan Chogishvili, the portraits of the kings, are exhibited.
Later we’ll visit the winery in Shumi and taste 4 kinds of wine there.
You’ll enjoy dinner in a family, taste famous Kakhetian barbecue and homemade wine.
After the dinner you go back to Tbilisi and spend the night in a hotel.
5 th Day.
This day we start with exploring the capital of Georgia – Tbilisi, which was founded by King Vakhtang Gorgasali in V century.
We’ll wander through the old part of the town, which do not leave you indifferent with its history, monuments and legends. You will see Metekhi church. fortress Narikala with its church, ancient cathedral Anchiskhati and Sioni where St. Nino’s, cross is kept, (St. Nino preached Christianity in Georgia), the bridge of Peace, Puppet Theatre e.t.
In the afternoon you’ll visit The National Museum and its Gold Fund where priceless findings of different era, from bronze age (3500 – 1200 b.c.) up to XX century are exibited. Here are kept most of the samples of Caucausian National Culture.
In the evening a farewell dinner accompanied by the national folklore.
6 th Day
Transfer to the airport.
Services included in tour package price:
- Transfer to / from the airport in Tbilisi;
- Accommodation in hotel 5 nights;
- Hotel Astoria Tbilisi 4 *
- L plaza Hotel 4 *
- 5 x breakfasts,
- 3 x dinners;
- 2 x suppers;
- All the tasting of wine;
- English speaking guide service;
- Transportation in modern, comfortable coaches;
- Entrance tickets to the museums.
- Accommodation and food for the guide and the driver.
Services NOT included in the price:
- Air tickets;
- Travel Insurance;
- Alcoholic drinks over the tasting;
- Supper except mentioned;
- 5 th day (farewell) dinner.