The wines of Western Georgia are distinguished by their lightness, subtlety and freshness. The most valuable products of this region should be considered original naturally sweet wines and champagne wine materials, as well as table wines made by European and local methods.
In western Georgia, after squeezing the juice, it is immediately separated from the grape cake, and the wine semi-dry is very similar to champagne. For a real wine tourist, Imereti and Ratcha can offer their unique grape varieties and wine heritage.
Day 1. Arrival
Arrival at the Tbilisi International Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Time at leisure.
Visiting the Tbilisi sulfur baths, built in the style of classical oriental architecture. These are low, squat buildings, topped with semicircular domes with large glass openings in the center, which served as windows that illuminate the interior, since the baths themselves are below ground level.
Legvtakhevi is located in the center of old Tbilisi, behind the sulfur baths. This part of old Tbilisi is distinguished by individual landscape architecture, at the same time it is characterized by a significant architectural, historical and cultural heritage. From the high observation deck, located at the entrance to the Tbilisi Botanical Garden, you can see the Legvtakhevi gorge, into which a 20-meter waterfall falls from a ledge of a rock.
Visit to the winery of the company “Geowine” (Tbilisi). Despite great competition, the company has found its niche and its own style, and with it the general public. The basis for the production of wine was the old secret and generally accepted recipes for making wine. Geowine produces wines from Eastern Georgia. The program includes a tasting of 5 varieties of Georgian wines of the highest class: Kindzamarauli, Rkatsiteli, Pirosmani, Mukuzani and Alaznisveli.
After traditional Georgian feast with a folklore program in one of the best restaurants in Tbilisi.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 2. Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Mukhrani - Gori
Kartli is one of the famous wine-producing regions of Georgia. Light aromatic wines are found in the regions of Kartli. The most remarkable and popular varieties are white chinuri and goruli mtsvane.
Trip to Mtskheta. Visit Jvari – Georgian monastery and temple of the 7th century, one of the masterpieces of architecture for the perfection of architectural forms and the first World Heritage Site in Georgia. Jvari (lit. “cross”) is located on the top of a mountain at the confluence of the Kura and Aragvi near Mtskheta – where, the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Nino erected a cross. Jvari Monastery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Visit to the winery of Iago Bitarashvili. The field of activity is organic viticulture and winemaking. The company makes its wine according to the traditional technology – Qvevri and was the first in Georgia to receive a Bio-Certificate. The company produces wine from one of the best Georgian grape varieties – Chinuri. 2 hectares of vineyards, which are 60 years old, is one of the best and most famous places in the Mukhran Valley. The program includes a tasting of 5 varieties of wines bio.
Visit to the ancient city of Dzalisi. In terms of its artistic, historical and stylistic significance, Dzalisi could be compared with such ancient cities as Pompeii or Herculaneum. Now it is only ruins, although it was once one of the main cities of Iberia (eastern Georgia). According to archaeological research, around the 3rd century BC, on this site, on an area of 70 hectares, there was a city that played an important role in the life of the Iberian kingdom.
Visiting the estate “Château Mukhrani”. The estate belonged to the Georgian royal dynasty of Mukhranbatoni. The assortment of “Château Mukhrani” consists of a premium varietal line, two super-premium wines (white and red) and a traditional Georgian strong grape drink (chacha). With a remarkable history, unique farming and cellars, “Château Mukhrani” is today one of the leading wine producers in Georgia. The program includes a tasting of 5 varieties wines of “Château Mukhrani”.
After the tour, a traditional Georgian feast with a folklore (Kartli) program in one of the best restaurants in the city of Gori.
Overnight in Gori
Day 3. Gori - Zestafoni - Terjola - Kutaisi
Departure to Imereti. In addition to visiting the most beautiful canyons, waterfalls, caves and churches of the Imereti region, here you can taste wonderful wines.
Visit to the Pottery Market in the village of Shrosha. This fair is very popular among both tourists and locals. Shrosha is one of those few Georgian villages that have long been known as the pottery centers of the country. The products from each such village have their own characteristics: finished utensils often differ in shape, painting, and often in the color and texture of clay.
Visit to the “Wine Cellar of Archil Guniava”, located in the village of Kvaliti. The family works mostly by hand, avoiding the use of industrial equipment. Visitors to the cellar will be able to see more than a century old wine press and old Qvevri dug into the ground. The winery produces exclusive natural wines. The program includes a tasting of 5 varieties of wines: Tsolikauri, Tsitska, Krakhuna, Otskhanuri Sapere and Dzelshavi.
The Shorapani fortress is a historical landmark and a monument of antiquity, since the mention of the town of Shorapani can be found in the legends of Ancient Greece. The fortress was built in the I-III century BC. A strong fortress repelled enemies for many years. Exploring the ruins of the castle, it was noticed that the brickwork was laid somewhere in the 2nd century BC and this style is characteristic of the Byzantine Empire.
In Imereti, one of the best places to taste wine and see how it is made is in the town of Terjola. “Khareba” (in Imereti) is a large wine-making company, known in the country and abroad. Wine is produced here both according to ancient recipes and according to European technologies. At the winery you will be shown how the wine is produced, stored and bottled, they will give you premium varieties that are stored in French oak barrels. The program includes a tasting of 5 varieties of wines.
In the evening, a traditional Georgian feast with a folklore (Imeretian) program in one of the best restaurants in Terjola.
Overnight in Kutaisi
Day 4. Kutaisi - Ambrolauri - Kutaisi
Departure to Racha-Lechkhumi – a region of Georgian natural semi-sweet wines. The wines of this style have enough acidity (and red ones – and tannins) so that the sweetness does not seem cloying, but sounds harmonious and elegant.
On the way visit Shaori reservoir. It is located in the basin of the same name with a unique microclimate at an altitude of 1135 meters above sea level. Due to the forked “tail” of the southern part, it resembles a sea monster. Lake Shaori is surrounded by picturesque coniferous forests, behind which alpine meadows begin. The reservoir has all the conditions for a wonderful holiday in the bosom of nature, including good fishing.
Visit to the “Bugeuli winery”. A visit to the winery will give a unique chance to taste the authentic Khvanchkara, get acquainted with the production technology and the characteristics of grape must fermentation in local conditions. The real Khvanchkara is made from the rarest grape varieties Mujuretuli and Aleksandrouli, cultivated only in the microzone of the village of Khvanchkara and yielding 10,000 bottles a year. The program includes a tasting of 5 varieties of wines.
Visit to the Barakoni church. Outside, the walls of the Temple are decorated with intricately crafted carvings. In the niches of the eastern façade you can see the most ancient examples. Elements of frescoes, an ancient iconostasis and several modern icons attract attention in the interior. On the hill on the other side rise the ruins of the ancient castle of Mindatsikhe, where Queen Tamara spent her childhood.
Visit to the winery “Royal Khvanchkara”. The company exists on the basis of the former Ambrolauri winery №1. This is a historical place founded by Prince Kipiani himself, who invented the famous blend in the 19th century. Vineyards “Royal Khvanchkara” spread over 18 hectares, at an altitude of 450 to 750 meters above sea level and has a humid climate. The ideal location of the vineyards and advanced technologies contribute to the production of natural semi-sweet and classic dry red wines. The program includes a tasting of 5 varieties of wines.
In the evening, a traditional Georgian feast with a folklore (Racha) program in one of the best restaurants in Ambrolauri.
Overnight in Kutaisi
Day 5. Departure
Transfer to the airport Kutaisi(Tbilisi).
The price per person $ US Dollars
Price Includes: Transfers, Transport throughout all round. Accommodation in Tbilisi (1 nights), Gori (1), Kutaisi (2), Breakfast (4), Insurance, Services of the guide.
Not included: Air Tickets. Meals and Drinks not mentioned in the program.
*The tour programs are based on our experience and the opinions of our completely different customers. These are semi-finished circuits, whose programs can be easily redone. Add or subtract the number of excursion days. Sort or redo the excursion day, change the sequence, the duration, prices …
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