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
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.
-Twins wine cellar
-Brothers, Gia and Gela Gamtkitsulashvili founded a unique museum of ''Qvevri and Qvevri Wine'' in 2014. The complex of the museum consists of 8 meters long pitcher statue and several halls, where the whole process of producing pitchers and making pitcher wine is described.
Winery Khareba owns an unique and rare wine cellar located in Kvareli, in the Alazani Valley. Carved inside the Caucasus mountains and opened in 1962 for the OIV World Congress, the cellar/tunnel is 7, 7 kilometers long. The best wines of the Kakheti region have been stored and aged here for decades.
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.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 GEL - per person For Lunch, 20 Gel per-person for wine tasting, 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 highly recommend Levani as your tour guide during your stay in Georgia. His vehicle is extremely comfortable and his driving skills 'slice' through the local traffic. He is a welcoming, hospitable and friendly person who is willing to adapt your tour to your specific needs. We had a fabulous day, enjoying great wines and yummy foods while seeing the gorgeous countryside. Thanks Levani for making our tour so memorable.