Georgian Winelands

 

 Nowadays everyone knows that traces of ancient wine culture are kept exactly in Georgia, This is proved by the material and historical evidence and facts that have been discovered in Georgia.
It should be noted that the world’s first cultural vine was found exactly in Georgia. In Kvemo Kartli to the south of Tbilisi, in the Marneuli Valley, ruins of the Dangreuli Gora the archeologists found discovered several vine seeds of ancient millennia and by morphological and ampelographic characteristics assigned it the sort vine, Vitis Vinisfera Sativa. Material evidence and arguments, proving that Georgia really is a wine country, are quite large: found in Khrami big hill Neolithic era pitcher-style pottery, cultural vine fossil seeds, clay wine vessel fragments with the wine acid sediment and cultural vine dust, wild and indigenous sort diversity not only in the past, the wine unique vessel –pitcher and the pitcher winemaking oldest survived technologies, related to viticulture – wine-making the number of words in the language, including – “wine”, which was introduced to European languages from the Georgian language.         
The diverse natural environmental conditions of Georgia creates the conditions for best quality viticulture – wine industry development, according to the peculiarities of which the country’s territory is divided into the following micro-zones: Kakheti, Kartli, Imereti, Racha – Lechkhumi, Guria – Samegrelo, Abkhazia and Adjara; 65-70% of Georgian vineyards are cultivated in ancient and unique viticulture – wine-making region of Kakheti.

Day 1:     Arrival
                Overnight hotel in Tbilisi
 
Day 2:     Tbilisi City Tour:
Tbilisi Trinity Cathedral               Constructed  between  1995 and 2004. It is the
                                                          largest Orthodox churches in the world.
Metekhi                                           Church   5th century
Narikala                                           Fortress  4th century
Sioni                                                 Cathedral  18th century
Old Synagogue
Anchiskhati                                    Basilica   6th century
National Muzeuom Of Georgia
Bagrationi 1882                             First Sparkling wine factory in Caucasus (1882 y.), sparkling wine tasting
Sarajishvili                                      First Brandy factory in Caucasus (1884 y.), wine Brandy tasting.
Evening lunch   –   in the restaurant to taste Georgian traditional wine and delicacy.
Overnight hotel in Tbilisi
 
Day  3:    Tbilisi – Terjola – Kutaisi
Terjola                                              Meeteing with the wine specialist in “Khareba”wineries,wine tasting.
                                                           (Chkhar-Sazano micro-zone)
Kutaisi                                              Ancient capital of Kolchis kingdom
Bagrati                                             11th c. Cathedral
Lunch at the restaurant with Imeretian meals and wine.
Overnight hotel in Kutaisi
 
Day  4:    Kutaisi – Racha – Ambrolauri
Shaori reservoir
Nikortsminda                                  11th c. Church in Racha.
Chrebalo                                           village of region Racha. Meeting with the wine specialist in “Rachuli Wine” wineries, wine tasting. Chrebalo Winery has the century experience of wine producing.  These sort of wines are made from the unique grape varieties. “Alexandrouli”; “Mujuretuli” and “Rachuli Tetra”, which are cultivated in Western Georgia, on the steep slopes of the Rioni gorge in the Caucasian mountains.  ( Kvanchkara  micro-zone )
Alexandreuli  Winery                     The village of Bugeuli, meeteing with the wine specialist
                                                            wine tasting.
Traditional meals of Rcha, family wine tasting.
Overnight guest-house in Ambrolauri
 
Day  5:    Ambrolauri – Ateni – Mtskheta – Tbilisi
Ateni  micro-zone                            Ateni church 7th c., Taste Kartalian wine “Atenuri”
                                                             at local peasant’s house.  
Unesco World Heritage Sites: Mtskheta
Svetitskhoveli                                   5th c  Cathedral
Jvari                                                    6th c   Monastery
Sulphur baths                                   naturally hot sulphur water baths
Overnight hotel in Tbilisi
 
Day 6:    Manavi – David Gareja – Kardenaxi  Signagi
Manavi  micro-zone                        Meeteing with the wine specialist in Manavi wineries,
                                                             wine tasting. Visit the vineyards of Manavi
David Gareja                                     6th c. Cave Monastery Complex
Kardenakhi  micro-zone                Meeteing with the wine specialist in Kardenakh wineries,
                                                             wine tasting. Visit the vineyards of  ” Tsarapi “
Signagi                                              18th c. Royal–town  of Kakheti
Overnight hotel in Signagi
 
Day 7:    Axasheni – Tsinandali –  Telliani Vally – Naphareuli
Axasheni micro-zone                     Meeteing with the wine specialist in Alavedri wineries,wine tasting.
Tsinandali micro-zone                   Aleksandre Chavchavadze’s house-museum. Wine testing.
                                                             The legendary collection of wine samples and taste the softness,
                                                             aroma and acidity of the wine
Teliani micro-zone                          Meeteing with the wine specialist in “Teliani Valley” wineries,
                                                             wine tasting.
Telavi                                                  Museum the King of Irakli II
Napareuli                                           Old wine Cellar, Wine testing,  Kakhetian bread bakery,
                                                             “Zavodi”– to make vodka, (Naphareuli  micro-zone)
Overnight hotel in Naphareuli

Day 8:    Napareuli  – Shato Telavi – Kindzmaraulis Marani – Khareba – Tbilisi

Naphareuli  micro-zone                  Visit the company “Chateau Telavi” which uses ancient traditions
                                                              of winemaking along with new European technology. You will also have
                                                              an   opportunity to taste the wine there.
Kindzmarauli  micro-zone              Meeteing with the wine specialist in “Kindzmaraulis marani” wineries,
                                                              Visit the vineyards, Kindzmarauli wines were used for special
                                                              events at the King’s Palace.
                                                              Taste the elite brand of wines produced by the company.
Kvareli  micro-zone                          Meeteing with the wine specialist in “Khareba” wineries. Visit the wine
                                                              tunnel that is carved 7 km into the rock. It is unique with its location and
                                                              creates one of the best conditions for wine storage.
                                                              You can also taste wine in the tunnel hall.
                                                              Return to Tbilisi with unforgettable impressions.
Closing  evening                               Traditional Georgian wine and dishes accompanied by Georgian
                                                              Folk music at the best Tbilisi restaurant.
Overnight hotel in Tbilisi
 
Day  9:    Departure

 

The tour include regions of:    Inner Kartli. Mckheta- Mtianeti. Imereti. Racha-Lechkhumi. Kakheti.

    

Rates Include:                                                                                             Rates Exclude:

•  2 x Airport transfer                                                                                 Single room accommodation.
•  Transportation: a/c Mini bus all Days                                                 Entrance fees.
•  Tour guide                                                                                                 Alcohol beverages. 
•  Excursions per program                                                                       Sulphur baths
•  1 bottle of mineral water per person/per day                                  Travel insurance.
•  Wine tasting 
•  Accommodation:
4 Overnight hotel in Tbilisi
1 Overnight hotel in Kutaisi
1 Overnight guest-house in Ambrolauri
1 Overnight hotel in Signagi
1 Overnight hotel in Naphareuli