This 2-day tour offers traveling in the easternmost countryside of Georgia, rich in history, viticulture and diverse landscapes, ranging from fertile lowlands and semi-deserts to the snow-covered Caucasus Mountains. Due to being one of the oldest wine producing regions of the world and most befitted place for viticulture, the list of our highlights is a mix of a wide range of wineries, vineyards, museums, fortresses and churches.
Our first destination of the day will be Bodbe Monastery, well known for the grave of St. Nino, who preached the christianity in Georgia in 4th century. Next to it is a medieval townlet Sighnaghi, also known as a ,,City of Love”, acquired from the tradition of getting married of many couples. Its narrow cobblestone streets through the old houses, decorated with wooden ornaments, wine cellars and picturesque landscapes resemble an open-air museum. Furthermore, we will visit The Sighnaghi Museum where the ethnographic collection features five thousand artifacts, rich numismatic, photo, documentary and archeological exhibits and permanent exhibition of the greatest Georgian self-taught artist of the late 19th-early 20th century, Niko Pirosmanashvili, often known simply as Pirosmani.
After the lunch we take a drive along the Alazani Valley with dropping views of Great Caucasus Mountains and Alazani river. At the next stop in Tsinandali village we will look into the memorial house of the noble Alexander Chavchavadze, enjoy the views of the garden and sample the ,,Tsinandali” and ather Georgian wines.
We stay overnight in Telavi.
The day begins with the King’s Palace in Telavi, which was the residence of Kakhetian kings in the 17th and 18th centuries. The complex involves The Museum of fine Art with two major exhibition halls presenting the artworks of Georgian and European artists, History Museum – holding collections of historic, archaeological and ethnographic artefacts and the Palace itself. There we have a great opportunity of an improved understanding of cultural diversity of the country.
Our route leads to the east, making a loop and visiting on the way two sites inscribed at the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage. Their immense significance derives from the facts that one of them was a coronation place of Kakhetian kings and another one was a former capital of the kingdom. Our last stop is famous winery near the Kvareli, where we will be acquainted with the oldest Georgian wine-making method, take part in the harvesting of wine grapes (subject to seasonality, mostly in September and October), pressing the grape in traditional way, preparing our own Churchkhela (Georgian candy), distilling local brandy Chacha and baking Georgian bread Shoti and taste unique cuisine accompanied natural wines.
We arrive back to Tbilisi late in the evening.
If you are short on time, we can provide 1-Day Wine Tour towards Telavi – Kvareli and another 1-Day tour towards Sighnaghi – Bodbe. Our tours offer a great experience and a fun days out in a relaxed environment, and are a fantastic way to celebrate special occasions and are private, so you will not get lost in the crowd.
The price depends on the size of the group, tour duration and package. Please feel free to contact us and plan your tailor made tour in the oldest wine making region of the world.