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Georgia is the birthplace of wine and has been making the beverage for at least 8,000 years. The country even broke the World Guinness Record as being the oldest wine making country. What makes its wine so special is its winemaking techniques. The country uses egg-shaped clay jars buried underground where all the fermentation process happens naturally. Therefore, on this tour you’ll be able to learn everything about the process and visit some of the best family-run companies and their vineyards.
Arriving Tbilisi International Airport, meeting with the representative of the company, transfer to the hotel. Accommodation and overnight
You’ll start your day with learning more about the Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. You’ll be able to visit some of its iconic landmarks, such as a 4th century Narikala Fortress, famous sulfur bath neighborhood Abanotubani, the Freedom Square, the oldest Basilica - Anchiskhati, Metekhi Church, walk on pedestrian bridge called the Peace Bridge, and visit Rike Park. You’ll listen to the history of the city, how it came to be and why it’s called Tbilisi.
(Optional: Traditional Dinner in Georgian Restaurant accompanied with Traditional Dancing Show – 30 USD per person)
Kakheti region is the most popular wine producing area of the country. The majority of wine companies or family-run wineries have vineyards and cellars here. Therefore, visiting the area on your wine tour is absolutely necessary. You’ll start your day by driving from Tbilisi to Telavi through Gombori pass, offering a beautiful nature landscape along the way, Later; you’ll have a small tour of Telavi city, the capital of Kakheti ;( Optional: lunch in the local family – 16 USD per person). Then, you’ll continue your way to Kvareli and visit another wine producing company Megvineoba Khareba. (Additional Supplement – 22 USD per person)
The day starts by visiting a local market in Telavi to get a glimpse of a local trading experience. Afterwards, you’ll drive to Alaverdi Cathedral, second tallest religious building in the country after Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi. Then, you’ll have the possibility to visit Schuchmann (Additional Supplement – 18 USD per person) and Tsinandali (Additional Supplement – 20 USD per person) wineries and try their products and learn about the techniques they use.
On your last day, you’ll tour around Mtskheta, a former capital and home of UNESCO World Heritage Site Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. It is one of the most important religious buildings in the country and an architectural masterpiece of Early Middle Ages.
Then, you’ll continue your way to Jvari Monastery; sit at the top of the hill overlooking Mtskheta and junction of Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers. Jvari Monastery is one of the oldest religious buildings in Georgia. It is believed that St. Nino, the evangelist who brought Christianity to the country put her wooden cross here. The name “Jvari” means “cross” in English.
After the tour, you’ll visit Chateau Mukhrani (Additional Supplement – 22 USD per person) to try some of the finest wines of the company and get acquainted with their technique and wine making process.