Aroma of Georgian Wine

Kakheti, Kartli, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi are famous with wine producing. The food, wine and unique traditions of these regions are there in all walks of life to be enjoyed by everyone again and again. Traveling with us you'll enjoy superb tasting at famous wineries. You'll discover as the small unknown producers, as well the world famous Georgian Brand Companies. You will meet local winemakers and be invited into the vignerons’ homes. On this vacation you'll enjoy lunches, dinners, informal picnics and large tasting as guests of the estates, the kind of thing that is not possible if you are traveling alone in other wine country, even if you visit the best cellars.

 

Day 1 Arrival in Tbilsi
Meeting at the airport. Check-in at the hotel.
Overnight.     

Day 2 Tbilisi / Gurjaani / Telavi 
Drive to Kakheti, famous for its ancient winegrowing traditions and hospitality. We’ll visit Wine House Gurjaani, which produces its own vintage wine, decorated with appropriate etiquette and production history. Professional sommelier will lead the wine tasting for us. We attend the brewing of Georgian Vodka ("zavodoba"), which is very interesting process. We will also see how the traditional Georgian bread is baked and Churchkhela is made. Visit the double cupola Church Kvelatsminda (all saints, 8th-9th c.c.). Before visiting the Nekresi and Gremi Monastery Complexes, we’ll drive to a small, beautiful Kakhetian town Kvareli. Tasting of a dry red wine Kindzmarauli. The next place, where we’ll have the wine tasting, is the Twins’ Cellar in Napareuli.
Overnight at the Twins’ guesthouse.  

Day 3 Napareuli / Lopota / Telavi
Today we drive to make taste wine and enjoy the one of the most beautiful lakes, called Lopota. Our next host in Kakheti is a wine factory Badagoni, in the village of Khodasheni. Company, previously known as Knight of Winemaking, is a Georgian wine producer. The company was founded in the Kakhetian village of Zemo Khodasheni in 2002. Currently it owns more than 3 km of vineyards of selected local grape varieties in the districts of Khvareli, Mukuzani, Akhasheni, Akura and Ojaleshi. Its products include such brands as Tsinandali, Mukuzani, Kindzmarauli, Gurjaani, Saperavi, Akhasheni and more. Next place for our visit is the wine cellar of Alaverdi Monastery. It was built in the 15th century, was a period of political and economic rising of Kakheti Kingdom; Alaverdi Cathedral (11th c.); Ikalto (5th c.) and Shuamta ( 5th-17th c.c.) Monastery Complexes. Wine tasting at the Telavi Wine Cellar, founded in 1915. The Company combines the art of ancient traditions with the modern technologies in Georgian winemaking.
Overnight at the hotel in Telavi.  

Day 4 Telavi / Tsinandali / Sighnaghi / Tbilisi
After sightseeing of Telavi, we will visit the new technological factory Teliani Valley, founded in 1997. It is a successor of the traditional Georgian wine production using the modern technologies and the knowledge of motivated young professionals. Leaving for a beautiful village of Tsinandali. We’ll visit the amazing botanical garden and the Museum of Prince Alexandre Chavchavadze, notable Georgian poet, Tsinandali Wine Factory and the enoteca with the Collection of the oldest wines. Drive to Sighnaghi, famous with its wines and carpets. The way takes us to Temo Papa’s private cellar, the travelers’ favorite place. Grandfather Temo is a representative of the Kakhetian peasant, very kind and hospitable. Return to Tbilisi.
Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.  

Day 5 Tbilisi / Mtskheta / Ateni / Ambrolauri
We are leaving for one of the most beautiful villages of Kartli – Ateni after passing Mtskheta (UNESCO Heritage Site), the ancient capital of Georgia. On the way we will visit Jvari Monastery (6th c.) and a gracious Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c.). You will enjoy the fascinating landscapes of Ateni gorge, and visit Ateni Sioni Church (7th c.). We will taste wine Atenuri. Drive to Racha in the evening.
Overnight in Ambrolauri.  

   

Day 6 Ambrolauri / Utsera / Shovi
Today we’ll enjoy the most beautiful nature of Rioni Gorge and Caucasus snow covered Mountains. We will leave for Shovi resort. On our way we stop at the resort of Utsera that is famous for its curative springs. In the afternoon we will go back to Ambrolauri. On our way we will visit Barakoni Church of the Mother of God (18th c.). Wine-testing at Ambrolauri Wine Factory.
Overnight in Ambrolauri.  

Day 7 Ambrolauri / Bugeuli
After visiting Nicortsminda (11th c.) one of the most unique churches in Georgia, we will visit wine factory in the village of Khvanchkara. We’ll taste Khvanchkara, naturally semi-sweet wine of local production and white semi-dry wine Tetra. We will see villages built on slopes of the hills in the village of Bugeuli and visit Bugeuli Wine Factory. Alexandreuli Company owns a plant of primary treatment and bottling located in the settlement of Bugeuli and occupying 2 hectares of land area including subsidiary buildings. The plant is equipped with modern technologies. Here, the leader wines of Khvanchkara, Barakoni, Alexandreuli and Tetra with the quality consistent and the international standards are bottled. At present, the plant has the output and capability sufficient to treat about 250 tones of raw material (grape) and to realize its product. Annual output of the plant is 1 million bottles of wine.
Overnight in Ambrolauri.  

Day 8 Ambrolauri / Lechkhumi / Kutaisi
Leaving for Lechkhumi, the neighboring region of Racha. In the village of Orbeli we will taste the wines of local winemakers’ production: Tvishi, Usakhelouri and Ojaleshi. Drive to Imereti.
Overnight at the hotel in Kutaisi.  

Day 9 Kutaisi
Visiting Bagrati Temple (11th c.) and Gelati Monastery (12th c.), the UNESCO Heritage sites. Motsameta Monastery Complex (8th-11th c.c.), beautifully situated between the valleys of two rivers near Kutaisi. Sataplia Grotto, where the step-prints of dinosaurs are found. Overnight in Kutaisi.
Overnight at the hotel in Kutaisi.  

Day 10 Kutaisi / Tbilisi / Departure
Drive to Tbilisi. Tbilisi sightseeing: Metekhi Church (13th c.); Old Tbilisi; Sulphur Baths; Narikala Fortress (4th c.); Sioni (13th c.) and Anchiskhati Churches (6th c.); Trinity Cathedral (the 2nd ML). Leaving Party at the National Restaurant with the folk concert. Transfer to the airport.
Transfer to the Airport.