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Full Day Wine Tour

Full Day Wine Tour
to East Georgia

Duration 8-10 hours
All Year Around
Wine production in Georgia has 8000 years history. Georgia is a motherland of wine. In Georgia are grown about 500 varieties of grape and produced well-known red and white wines. Georgian way of wine production in ‘Qvevri” (clay tank planted in the ground) is included in UNESCO Intangible world heritage list. Almost every family in the countryside in Kakheti is also winegrower.
  • Alaverdi Cathedral (XI c)
  • Twins wine cellar and museum in village Napareuli (Optional)
  • Gremi fortress (XVI c)
  • Wine tasting at Twin’s Cellar in Napareuli (Optional)
  • Wine tunnels in Kvareli (under the mountains of Great Caucasus)
  • Tasting of different sorts of factory wines “Khareba”
  • Wien tasting in Prince Chavchavadze’s Palace
  • Wine tasting in Schuchmann’s Chateau (Optional)
  • Telavi – The main city of Kakheti region
  • Gombori Pass on the way back to Tbilisi (1620 m)
In the Morning drive direction to Telavi, Kakheti region - East from Tbilisi, the largest wine producing region in Georgia. The first destination is Alaverdi Cathedral, (20 km Northwest from Telavi). Alaverdi Cathedral (XI c), is one of the important orthodox monument in Georgia. (Cathedral is in the tentative list of UNESCO since 2007).
Next visit of Twins wine cellar in village Napareuli. (This wine property is Optional and can be included in the trip due to your request). Here guests can find interesting wine museum where is available to learn Georgian method of wine production. In the several rooms of the museum you can see how Georgians make Qvevri (huge terracotta tanks), how they plant Qvevri into the ground, and all the steps of wine formation. At the end of the tour, the guests can taste different sorts of wines and Chacha – Georgian analogue of grappa.
Further on, on the way visit of Gremi fortress (XVI c). Till XVI c Gremi was the main city of Kakheti region. Nowadays, picturesque location of the fortress with tall bell tower and high walls makes the deep impression on guests and can be found as one of the popular photo stop location of the way.
Afterwards, the trip continues to wine tunnels built under the hills of Great Caucasus mountains. The total length of the tunnels is 8.000 m. Two main tunnels are more than 800 m each. The tunnels are used for ageing of wine. Above the wine-tunnels, one can find beautiful restaurant built on the top of the hill with a picturesque view of Alazani Valley and delicious Georgian meals.
Then, the root lays towards Prince Chavchavadze Palace (XIX c) in village Tsinandali with wonderful French park and wine cellar. Here in wine cellar guests can taste different sort of local wines.
After exploring of Palace, guests will visit Wine factory-museum “Shumi” for another wine tasting and if desired, it’s available to purchase some bottles of wines locally from the factory.
At the end of the tour visit of Telavi - main city and administrative centre of Kakheti region (100 km eastern from Tbilisi). Here you can find the local market in the town, where you can enjoy and buy a wide range of different fruits and vegetables, apples and peaches, grapes and pomegranates, tomatoes and cucumbers. Finally, through Gombori pass return to Tbilisi.
Duration: 8-10 hours
Driving distance: 330 km
Season: All year around
What's Included:
• Hotel pick-up and drop-off;
• Transportation In modern, air-conditioned coach;
• Petrol Costs;
• Qualified Guiding service (English, German, Italian, Russian);
• A bottle of water per traveler.
What's Not Included:
•Travel insurance;
• Meals and drinks;
• Costs for wine tasting.