Tsinandali ( Region of Kakheti)
A manor in the village of Tsinandali that you see the on the pictures is an ancestral estate, a palace of princely family of Chavchavadze. There are many amazing, beautiful and tragic events in the history of Georgia are connected with him. The father of Alexander Chavchavadze, the first owner of the manor – Garsevan Chavchavadze, was one of the initiators of annexation of Georgia to Russia; Treaty of Georgievsk has his signature. He took his family from Saint-Petersburg and moved to a quiet village of Tsinandali where he started his project on europeanization of Georgia.
The manor in Tsinandali is the reflection of his aspirations. He not only applied European architectural techniques in the construction and inner planning, he laid out an English garden around his palace. Moreover, there were not only trees, but also gardeners who came from the Great Britain. He did not stop on this. Chavchavadze invited the best winemakers from Europe, with whom he built the first wine factory that produces wines according to European technologies. Thus appeared popular in present “Tsinandali” wine.
Chavchavadze was not only a military general, but also the most educated figure of his time. He was a writer, translator, polyglot, a big landowner and a great poet. His poetry reached our days as folk songs. The manor of the poet and a general had become the center of the intellectual life of Georgia in the 19th century where people of culture and art, social figures gathered. The first grand piano in Georgia first sounded in these walls.