Kakheti - the wine region of Georgia
Welcome to Kakheti
Georgia has an 8, 000 year history of continuous wine making tradition, which is evidenced numerous archaeological discoveries. Georgians have shared the love for the grape the time immemorial and remains loyal to it through to modernity. Numerous displays related to wine making practices dating to millennia have been kept in Georgian museums.
Kakheti is the most important wine region in Georgia in quantitative, qualitative and even historic terms. Almost three-quarters of the country's wine grapes are grown here, on land that has been used for viticulture for thousands of years.
The qvevri vessels dating the Neolithic era were discovered during different archaeological excavations, as were cultural vine fossil seeds, tartaric acid sediment on the fragments of earthenware vessels for wine and resin the domesticated grapevine.
Kakheti is home to some of the oldest human habitations in the entire Caucasus region, and archaeological findings have suggested
The tour will start and end in Tbilisi.
Depart from Tbilisi towards the Kakheti region of Georgia, the cradle of Georgian wine. Beautiful road to Kakheti lies through Gombori pass (2 h, 100 km). Our first stop will be in Telavi, the administrative and historic center of the region. Short stop at the monument to Erekli II.
Continue to Schuchmann Château in Kisikhevi village. Explore wine production facilities and have traditional lunch accompanied with finest wines produced from famous Georgian grape varieties: Saperavi, Mtsvane, and Kisi.
Drive to Gremi architectural complex, 16th century royal residence and the capital of Kakheti Kingdom. Gloomy and monumental, the Gremi castle is one of the most visited tourist points in Georgia.
Final stop: The Tunnel Winery, is located in, the village Kvareli, in a tunnel carved in the rock of the Caucasus mountain range. The largest storage of Georgian wines kept in the 7. 7 km long tunnel shaped wine cellar.
About lunch, we will agree during the tour.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Hotel/Airport/Address in Tbilisi.
End location: Hotel/Airport/Address in Tbilisi.
Duration: 8 hours
I use a Toyota Sienna 2009, a very comfortable minivan, with room for 5 people with plenty of space.
I can accommodate up to 6 people, as long as you don't mind having a little less extra space in the vehicle. Please contact me for details.
The car is using petrol for safety, not gas.
The tour price includes guiding, planning, transportation, and fresh Georgia mineral water.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 GEL - per person For Lunch, 20 Gel per-person for wine tasting, Admission tickets for attractions we visit..
-Admission tickets for attractions we visit.
There is a Dress code in Georgian Orthodox churches and Monasteries. Ladies need dress and scarfs to cover the body, and men should wear long trousers
you should not enter there during prayer or service. I can provide dress and scarfs for the ladies
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We did a great wine tour with Levani - he was very knowledgable, had great insight into the region and country and was very easy going and made for a fun and relaxing day - would certainly use him for any future tours !